VSPC Accepting Applications for Special Event Marketing Grants

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

$750,000 to be distributed to local non-profits, municipalities

St. Petersburg/Clearwater, FL (January 23, 2008) – Visit St. Pete/Clearwater (VSPC) is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for its Special Event Marketing Grant program starting Monday, February 4, 2008. 

All Pinellas County-based not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and special taxing districts are invited to apply for marketing support for events planned for fiscal year 2008-2009, with preference given to those events taking place during non-peak times---specifically in May or June, and the period from September 1 through February 15. 

The program provides a total of $750,000 in marketing assistance for new or existing special events designed to bring tourists to Pinellas County. Past recipients include a wide variety of events, ranging from larger productions, such as the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, to smaller, community-based celebrations such as Largo’s Bluegrass Strings & Crafty Things. 

Applications for the grant, which is funded directly from the county-wide hotel bed tax, will be available on www.PinellasCVB.com starting Monday, February 4, 2008. The deadline for all applications is Friday, March 14 at 5 p.m. For more information visit www.PinellasCVB.com or contact VSPC’s Deputy Director Lee Daniel (Lee@FloridasBeach.com). 

Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater is the official destination marketing organization for Pinellas County.

For more information: www.FloridasBeach.com

Contact: PR Director David Downing: David@Floridasbeach.com

Phone: 727.464.7213

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