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 support 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 19-20 Elite Event Funding Program Timeline


Key Documents posted on CVB website / Commence Application Process

Public Information Meeting

Application Deadline


TDC Elite Event Committee Review Meeting

TDC Meeting to review and approve Committee funding recommendations


BCC Meeting to approve TDC funding recommendations

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.