Rating Criteria - Timing of Event: Peak vs. Offseason & Non-Conflicting
Timing of the Elite Event to coincide with non-peak or shoulder seasons in Pinellas County tourism. Preference will be given to Elite Events which occur during "off season" periods, including January 1 through February 15, May 1 through June 30, and September 1 through December 31. In addition, timing of the Elite Event should not conflict with other Elite Events or other special events taking place in Pinellas County.
Rating Criteria - Ability of the Elite Event to attract high caliber and high profile artists, athletes and/or participants to perform and/or attend in Pinellas County. Demonstration of widespread community support and charitable contributions by the Elite Event applicant that benefit the Pinellas County community. Ability of the Elite Event to fulfill any previous contractual obligations with Pinellas County.
Rating Criteria - Ability of the Elite Event to generate unique attendees AND room nights in excess of the threshold established to be eligible for funding.
Elite Event Funding is made available to organizations with an event that meets or surpasses the eligibility thresholds set forth in the graphic below. BOTH thresholds must be met at the time of application submission and after the completion of the event with proof provided in the Post-Event Report.
For purposes of this application, a Unique Attendee is defined as a single individual attending the event whether for a single day or multiple days. Examples of a Unique Attendee:
For purposes of this application, a Non-Local Attendee is defined as someone residing outside of Pinellas County and will be staying in transient accommodations in Pinellas County during your event.
Funding Categories are as follows:
Rating Criteria - The value of the applicant's proposed Marketing Plan in promoting Pinellas County as a tourist destination and the extent the value of the plan exceeds the funding request.
Per guidelines, "Marketing" shall mean advertising (print, electronic, digital, etc.), direct sales, collateral production and distribution, public relations, promotions, or research, exclusive of professional fees and services, designed to increase tourist-related business activity from outside Pinellas County.
Rating Criteria - The value of the applicant's proposed Sponsorship Benefits in promoting Pinellas County as a tourist destination and the extent the value of the benefits exceeds the funding request.
Per guidelines, "Sponsorship" shall mean a mutually beneficial business arrangement between VSPC, on behalf of the County, and an eligible applicant producing an Elite Event, wherein VSPC receives event assets and opportunities to promote VSPC brand and the Pinellas County destination not included in the Marketing Plan.
List below the names of any directors, officers, members, principals or employees of the applicant that are either Pinellas County employees, or that sit on any boards, commissions, or committees of Pinellas County government.
I hereby certify that the information contained in the Application submitted herewith is true and correct to the best of my knowledge, that the above-referenced Applicant is eligible for funding per the Elite Event Funding Guidelines, and I will abide by all legal, financial, and reporting requirements including providing verification of paid or documented attendees or room nights generated by the event. I further certify:
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Please find here a link to the most recent Visit St. Pete/Clearwater (VSPC) Annual Plan.
Please find here a link to the Elite Event Funding Guidelines.
Please find here a link to the Application Requirements & Instructions.
Please find here a link to the standard Elite Event Funding Agreement.
I certify I am an Authorized Corporate Officer or an Authorized Individual (if a municipality) on behalf of Applicant.