Cass County Tourism Grant Program

THE PROGRAM:

Administered by the Cass County Tourism Committee (an advisory group to the Cass county Board of Commissioners), the annual grant program is designed to promote tourism in the county by providing funding to tourism-related nonprofit organizations.  There are two categories of grants available:  Capital Improvement Projects & Marketing.

CATEGORIES:

 

1)     CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT GRANT

The purpose of this grant is to attract additional visitors to Cass County by providing funding to improve Cass County’s public and nonprofit attractions. The funds available through this grant are provided from the Visitors Improvement Fund lodging tax, and are for capital improvements to attractions and recreational facilities only. Granted monies shall be used for a new structure, preservation of an existing structure or new equipment built or installed to permanently add or enhance value and/or capacity to the site.

 

Eligibility & Criteria for Assistance:

  • Public organizations with nonprofit 501(c)3 or other non-profit designation. Proof of nonprofit status must accompany application. The project must expand, improve or add to an existing attraction or create a new attraction that is open to the public and is of educational, cultural, historical, artistic, and/or recreational significance.
  • The project must promote tourism and generate visibility for Cass County.
  • Project must be completed within 18 months of grant award date: Oct. 15, 2014. Request for extension will only be considered by written request to Cass County Tourism Committee prior to 18-month deadline.
  • Grant requires a 50% match with up to 25% total of in-kind receipted donated materials and documented in-kind/volunteer labor (valued at $16.86 per hour).
  • “Funded in part by Cass County Tourism” must appear permanently at the project site.
  • It is the sole responsibility of the Grantee to obtain all necessary local and state permits.
  • A report including updated project narrative and actual expenses must be submitted to the Cass County Tourism Committee no later than 60 days after project completion.
  • Grant payment will be made based upon documentation of actual expenditures.

 

2)     MARKETING GRANT

The purpose of this grant is to attract additional visitors to Cass County by providing funding to promote events, activities and/or general marketing for Cass County’s public and nonprofit attractions. The funds available through this program are from the collection of Lodging Tax in Cass County.  The statute states that these funds are to be used to generally promote, encourage, and attract visitors to Cass County and to use tourism facilities.  It specifically states that these funds cannot be used for capital construction or improvements.  Each Grant request may not exceed 2,500.00.  All eligible marketing expenses must be documented and will be reimbursed at a rate of 75%, not to exceed the $2,500.00 maximum. Only one marketing grant may be submitted for each project.  Budget must accompany application. 

 

 

Eligibility & Criteria for Assistance:

  • Public organizations with nonprofit 501(c)3 or other non-profit designation. Proof of nonprofit status must accompany application.
  • Funds are available on a competitive basis to any visitor attraction, community event, or area (more than one community) event held within Cass County with 501(c) (3) or other nonprofit status whose primary purpose is to encourage tourism and promote Cass County.
  • Priority will be given to events that encourage visitors from outside our area.
  • Grant project must be completed within calendar year.