Each year, the Starkville Visitors and Convention Council (VCC), tourism arm of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, provides thousands of dollars in grant money to facilitate local projects. The goal of the Starkville Visitors & Convention Council (VCC) Sponsorship Grant Program is to fund tourism and community development projects that positively impact the City of Starkville and Oktibbeha County. Community organizations are invited to apply through our online application form. The deadline to submit grant applications is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28, 2015.
The Starkville VCC typically invests $50,000 – $60,000 annually into the grant program and has historically funded programs and events such as:
“The Starkville VCC is proud to contribute tens of thousands of dollars to local event promoters and organizations that support tourism and community development through their events, projects, and programs. While we have high expectations and require detailed reporting, we feel this is a successful program that has provided for millions of dollars of economic impact,” said Jennifer Gregory, CEO of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership.
There are three (3) categories of the Starkville VCC Sponsorship Grant Program:
All organizations, events, or programs applying for the first time; having received funding for one or two consecutive years; having received funding for non-consecutive years; or that have been denied for the Sustaining Grant or Dues categories should apply in the Sponsored Programs category.
Organizations, events, or programs are eligible for the Sustaining Grant category if they have received three (3) consecutive years of funding from the Starkville VCC. If approved for the Sustaining Grant category, organizations, events, or programs will receive a commitment of dedicated funding for a three (3) year period.