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Tourism Development Program

Program at a Glance:

Assist with the creation of a new event in its first or second year • Award: 50% of total budget, up to $8,000 • Eligible for half of awarded amount in second year • Current application is for events taking place March 1, 2019 – February 28, 2020 • Applications due February 11, 2019  •  Download the Guidelines and Fine Print Here

Application Timeline:

First Year Applicant:

  • Submit Application – Applications are due no later than Monday, February 11, 2019
  • Notice of Approval and 50% Payment – To be received by March 15, 2019
  • Have a Successful Event – We want to ensure you have a great event, let us know how we can assist!
  • Submit Request for Reimbursement – Reimbursement form, related receipts, and proof of logo usage are due no later than December 1, 2019. Reimbursements will be accepted earlier and extensions in certain circumstances may be requested.
  • Reimbursement Processed and Final 50% Reimbursement Processed – Within 30 days of the receipt of the completed reimbursement request and materials you will receive your reimbursement check.

Second Year Applicant:

  • Meet with CVB to review event summary – Six months prior to the event (or earlier)
  • Submit Application – Applications are due no later than Monday, February 11, 2019. Applicants are eligible to apply for up to half of the amount awarded in Year One.
  • Notice of Approval and 50% Payment – To be received by March 15, 2019
  • Have a Successful Event – We want to ensure you have a great event, let us know how we can assist!
  • Submit Request for Reimbursement – Reimbursement form, related receipts, and proof of logo usage are due no later than December 1, 2019. Reimbursements will be accepted earlier and extensions in certain circumstances may be requested.
  • Reimbursement Processed and Final 50% Reimbursement Processed – Within 30 days of the receipt of the completed reimbursement request and materials you will receive your reimbursement check.

Application Checklist:

  • Tourism Development Program Application – Complete all sections of the application, including narrative sections. Attach extra sheets, if necessary.
  • Budget Worksheet – Complete all sections of the Budget Worksheet with explanations. Up to 50% of the total Event budget may be matched by CVB Tourism Development funds, at a maximum of $8,000. (Example: Total budget $16,000 could be matched with $8,000 of CVB funds). Matching funds may be comprised of up to 50% in-kind donations (at least half of the matching funds must be cash). In-kind contributions must be clearly marked on the budget worksheet. Funding Restrictions are detailed on Page 5.
  • Supporting Materials – If deemed appropriate by the applicant, include narrative of previous event history, attendance, hotel rooms occupied and financial recap (exhibitors, admissions, advertisement placement). References and other relevant information may also be submitted.
  • Submit application – Submit application no later than the deadline – February 11, 2019
  • Submit your event to the Visit Findlay Calendar

Tourism Development Program Application

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  • Not to exceed $8,000 or 50% of total project budget.

The Hancock County Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory Board and Staff have the right to refuse any or all applications, if they are deemed outside the boundaries of the mission of the Convention & Visitors Bureau. * All decisions are final. *

*Disbursement of funds is dependent on the receipts collected from the bed tax from year to year*

Return additional  application information to: Hancock County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Attn: Tourism Development Program, 123 East Main Cross, Findlay, Ohio 45840, FAX: 419.422.9508 or EMAIL: info@visitfindlay.com.

Note: Completed application must be submitted no later than 60 days prior to the start of the event.

A complete application consists of: Completed original application form, completed Budget Worksheet, and supporting documents or other pertinent information for consideration, if applicable. Questions? Contact the CVB at 419.422.3315, or email info@VisitFindlay.com.