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Tourism Development Grant - Capital Improvement Project Grant

Grants to Louisiana Nonprofits in Eligible Regions
to Develop and Promote Tourism Opportunities

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Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB)

Deadline Date:

08/10/20 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Louisiana nonprofit organizations in eligible regions to promote local tourism opportunities. Funding is intended to attract tourists and conventions to the area. Grants may be used for capital improvements, surveys and planning costs, and special projects related to tourist-oriented attractions in Ouachita Parish. Emphasis is placed on projects that increase the number of visitors, especially those that result in overnight stays in local lodging facilities. In addition, proposals must improve the overall quality of life for the citizens of Ouachita Parish.

The mission of the Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau of Ouachita Parish is to attract conventions and tourist to the area. The CVB’s Board of Directors is authorized by state law to expend funds for advertisements; promotion; publications of information; marketing of fairs and festivals; construction of museums; equestrian/livestock centers and sports facilities; additions to civic and convention centers and for other economic development purposes in Ouachita Parish.

The mission of the Tourism Development Program of the Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau is intended to provide for the development, growth, and enhancement of tourism and conventions in Ouachita Parish, including but not limited to sports, festivals, and other special events including the arts and humanities.

Emphasis will be given to proposal requests that directly and indirectly maximize the number of visitors who come to the area, especially if overnight accommodations are needed. Proposals showing the fastest and highest return on the investment will be given the highest priority. 

Requests of Tourism Development funding can be for any of the following areas:

  • Survey and planning expenditures for developing and revitalizing an existing tourist-oriented attraction.
  • Capital improvements of new or existing tourist-oriented attractions. 
  • Special projects deemed to be of a community-wide tourism interest.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182787

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no dollar amount restriction for the amount of funds made to one organization.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Tourism Development funding will be approved by the Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors to existing 501 (c) organizations in compliance with the procedures in this Tourism Development Program. Applicants and the project must be located within Ouachita Parish.

All organizations can only receive one grant in a calendar year for funding.

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations that are applying for funding from the Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau shall submit their applications by January 10 or August 10 by 5:00 pm of each calendar year. If the 10th falls on a Sunday, the application is due in the Convention & Visitors Bureau office on the following business day.

Application can be filled electronically, but you must print it out and submit it with the additional required information.

Recipients will be notified within 45 days after application deadlines.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For the January 10, 2020 deadline, submit applications to:
Monroe-West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau (temporary office)
212 Walnut Street, Suite 100
Monroe, LA

Alana Cooper, President/CEO
acooper@monroe-westmonroe.org
Phone: (318) 387-5691
Toll Free: (800) 843-1872
Fax: (318) 324-1752

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Louisiana: Ouachita Parish

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