Elite Event Funding Information

About the Elite Events Program

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater—the official tourism marketing organization for the St. Pete/Clearwater Area—is charged with developing and enhancing tourism to Pinellas County. Events are a major driver of tourism to the area for both locals and those from out of state, benefitting both the County and event organizers. Therefore, to continue to promote tourism to the area and to aid event organizers, VSPC has developed an event funding program to provide grants to major organizations to hold their event on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The Tourist Development Council's Elite Event Funding Program is designed to maximize the economic benefit of Pinellas County's tourism marketing associated with these events and to provide fair and equitable funding opportunities for all qualified applicants.

FY 18-19 Elite Event Funding Program Timeline

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Key Documents posted on CVB website / Commence Application Process

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Public Information Meeting
Location: VSPC Offices, 8200 Bryan Dairy Rd., Suite 200, Largo, FL
Time: 1pm - 3pm

Friday, March 30, 2018

Application Deadline: 4pm

Friday, April 13, 2018

TDC Elite Event Committee Review Meeting
Location: Utilities Conference Room; 14 S. Ft. Harrison, 4th floor, Clearwater
Time: 9 am - 2 pm (1/2 hour for lunch)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

TDC Meeting to review and approve Committee funding recommendations
Location: Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., 5th floor Assembly Room, Clearwater
Time: 9 am

May 2018 (TBD)

BCC Meeting to approve TDC funding recommendations
Location: Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., 5th floor Assemby Room, Clearwater
Time: 9:30 am

Find Out if You Qualify for the Program

We encourage event organizers to participate in the latest Elite Event program. Learn more about the program guidelines and application requirements to find out if your event would qualify.

Applications Closed

The application deadline was March 30th, 2018 at 4pm.