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CVB Programs and Grants

The Convention & Visitors Bureau offers several programs to assist local organizations with funding for events.

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Below is a brief description of each program.   Please click on each program’s individual page to submit a form online or download the form following each description and mail the completed information to our office.

Prior to applying to the grant program, please make sure you add your event to our event calendar by filling out this form.  As part of the requirements for the grant program, you must use the VisitFindlay logo on your marketing pieces, you can download the VisitFindlay logo here.

Co Op Advertising Program

Designed to enhance marketing efforts with award amounts up to $3,000 in 50% matching funds.  Activities with a local focus may be approved for up to $1,000 in 50% matching funds, i.e. at least $2,000 must be spent to receive $1,000.  Activities with a regional focus (Approximately 1/3 of attendees from outside Hancock County) may be approved for up to $3,000 in 50% matching funds, i.e. at least $6,000 must be spent to receive $3,000.   You may apply for one Co Op Advertising or one Community Connect Grant per event.  Reimbursements are due 60 days after the competition of your event.

Application is due 60 days prior to the start of an event.Download the Fine Print here.

Applications for our grant program have temporarily been put on hold.  See details here.

Fill out the Reimbursement Request Online

Download the Co Op Advertising Grant Reimbursement Request

Community Connect Program

Designed for small events with award amounts up to $500.  This simplified program is designed to support marketing and advertising for events and programs with smaller budgets. Unlike other programs, it does not require matching funds. Special consideration will be given to events taking place outside of the City of Findlay.  You may apply for one Community Connect Grant per event. 

This application is due 30 days prior to the start of your event. Download the Fine Print here.

Applications for our grant program have temporarily been put on hold.  See details here.

Fill out the Reimbursement Request Online

Download the Community Connect Grant Reimbursement Request

Tourism Growth Program

Designed to aid the successful growth of established signature events, with awards of up to 50% of the total event budget at a maximum of $5,000.  Application is for events taking place January 1 – December 31, 2020.   Reimbursement Requests due 60 days after the conclusion of the event.

The application deadline has now passed.
See updates regarding the grant program, including details on cancelled/postponed events, here.

Download the Fine Print here.

Fill out the Reimbursement Request Online

Download Tourism Growth Program Reimbursement Request

Tourism Development Program

Designed to aid in the successful establishment of events in their first and second years, with awards of up to 50% of the total event budget at a maximum of $8,000.  Application is for events taking place January 1 – December 31, 2020.  Reimbursement Requests due 60 days after the conclusion of the event.

The application deadline has now passed.
See updates regarding the grant program, including details on cancelled/postponed events, here.

 Download the Fine Print here.

Fill out the Reimbursement Request Online

Download Tourism Development Program Reimbursement Request

Tournament Builder Program

Support non-profit organizers in establishing tournaments and competitions that will build awareness of the Findlay area and show a growth pattern that benefits the community. Must show a track record of overnight stays. 50% of total tournament budget, up to $5,000. No limit on number of applications per organization.  Application is for events taking place January 1 – December 31, 2020.  Reimbursement Requests due 60 days after the conclusion of the event.

The application deadline has now passed.
See updates regarding the grant program, including details on cancelled/postponed events, here.

 Download the Application Fine Print here.

Fill out the Reimbursement Request Online

Download the Tournament Builder Program Reimbursement Request

Rebrand/Annual Marketing Program

Assist with marketing costs of an organization rebranding or the general marketing of a venue or non-profit organization that fits within CVB mission. 50% of total campaign budget, up to $5,000.  Reimbursement due December 1, 2019.

Download the Application Fine Print here.

This program will not continue in 2020.  Contact the CVB for information on how your programming can benefit from existing grant programs.

Fill out the Reimbursement Request Online

Download the Rebrand/Annual Marketing Program Reimbursement Request