Tourism Grant Application Form
** Must be received no less than 90 days prior to the first day of the event **
The many festivals, conventions, and sporting events hosted in the Eau Claire Area are an important aspect of the region's tourism industry. The Eau Claire Area Convention & Visitor Bureau's grant program is designed to assist event planners by providing funds for marketing, advertising, printing, and postage in the following categories: Meetings Mean Business: conventions, meetings, retreats, etc. Sporting Events: tournaments, competitions, etc. Special Projects: other events that generate overnight stays.
The grant exists to encourage tourism in the City of Eau Claire or to fund area events that will have a significant impact on businesses located in the City of Eau Claire, specifically generating overnight stays and/or extending visitor stays at hotel properties in Eau Claire.
Preference will be given to; 1) new or expanding festivals, conventions/meetings, sporting and other events by providing "seed" money to assist with start-up costs and 2) existing events showing an expanded focus for event/tourism growth. All events must create a positive image of Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley.
The grant program is appropriated by the City of Eau Claire and The Wisconsin Arts Board, and administered to qualify organizations by the Eau Claire Area Convention & Visitors Bureau based on review by the Tourism Grant Committee. Applicants must provide all of the information requested and be in compliance with all criteria. Incomplete applications will be returned.
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State / Province
Postal / Zip Code
Date of Application
Purpose of Organization
Name of Event
Type of Project
Location of Event
Date(s) of Event
Grant Amount Requested
Application is submitted by a non profit or volunteer organization
This event will show a favorable impression of Eau Claire/ the Chippewa Valley
This event will be promoted to out of town visitors
If your EVENT has received previous Tourism or Cultural Arts Grant(s) please provide information regarding the number of grant(s) you have received and the dollar amount received:
If your ORGANIZATION has received previous Tourism or Cultural Arts Grant(s) please provide information regarding the number of grant(s) you have received and the dollar amount received:
How many years has this event been held?
Attendance at last event (divide into spectators and participants if appropriate)
What percentage of attendance was visitor draw? (50+ mile radius)
Estimated room nights of last event
Briefly describe the purpose of your organization; what your organization provides to the community; the group of people you are targeting to bring into our community with this event.
Describe your event. Be sure to include who, what, where, when, and how activities will take place. (500 words or less)
Explain how your event benefits the community and your organization. Specify whether your event is a first time event, annual event or on-going program. (500 words or less)
What geographic areas are you bringing event participants from; indicate geographic areas you are marketing for visitor attraction to your event. (500 words or less)
What are the specific goals of this project? (500 words or less)
Explain how your grant request would be used to promote tourism in Eau Claire. Note the resulting impact on your event if the requested funding is denied. (500 words or less)
If this is a new event, what is the estimated hotel room nights this event will generate based on similar examples? (500 words or less)
Please complete and upload the budget form provided on the Visit Eau Claire website
Please upload any additional files you would like to include
Authorized Electronic Signature
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