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Partnership Releases Tourism Sponsorship Grant Call for Applications

socmed-300x300Each 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:

Starkville Community Day
Mississippi Horse Park
Starkville Area Arts Council
Starkville Central Neighborhood Foundation
Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum
Starkville-MSU Symphony
Starkville Community Theater
Starkville Soccer Association

“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:

Sponsored Programs

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.

Sustaining Grants

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.

Dues
Dues collecting organizations are eligible for the Dues category if they have received three (3) consecutive years of funding from the Starkville VCC. If approved for the Dues category, organizations, events, or programs will receive a commitment of dedicated funding for a three (3) year period.
All Sponsored Programs grants are made on a reimbursement basis, once a Final Report has been submitted after the event, program, or project has taken place.
The Starkville VCC administers the Sponsorship Grant Program selection process. The VCC Board is a nine-member committee formed by Mississippi legislation, charged with the administrative responsibilities of community development, tourism, and convention enhancement projects for the Starkville and Oktibbeha County area.
Selection criteria can be found within the guidelines of the Starkville VCC Sponsorship Grant Program.
Applications must be made online at www.starkvillecvbgrants.com and must be submitted no later than August 28, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. All submissions will be electronically timestamped.
Applications will include the following components:
Form based application
Marketing Plan & Budget
Applicants will be notified in writing of their status regarding funding within 30 days of submission. Please contact Gregory with questions or for additional information at (662) 323-3322 or jgregory@starkville.org.