The Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau has developed two special Community Grant Programs to help organizations within our community better develop and promote high quality visitor experiences. We strongly encourage individuals and organizations who qualify to consider applying for these funds.
Festival and Event Grant Program
This grant program was created to help grow local tourism festivals and events within Morgan County. The Festival and Event Grants may be awarded to qualifying events that promote a positive image of Morgan County through encouraging overnight or day trip visits to Morgan County; visitation during off-peak months; creating a direct local economic impact; drawing a minimum of 150 people to the county; and/or drawing positive media exposure.
Grant funds may be used for marketing a festival or event to regional markets outside of Morgan County; for event website development; and/or for the enhancement of festival or event programming.
Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2017 for events taking place between April 1, 2017 and March 30, 2018. Grant winners will be announced no later than May 30, 2017. Additional information and application materials are available to download here.
Cooperative Marketing Match Program
Created to assist visitor-oriented businesses and events in their individual marketing efforts, these matching funds allow us to stretch our Morgan County marketing dollars and assist local businesses and organizations in promoting themselves to visitors.
For the 2017 calendar year, $3,000 has been designated for this program, which allows Morgan County visitor/tourism-based businesses or events to apply for a 50% reimbursement toward paid advertising in markets outside of Morgan County.
Applications accepted between January 1 and December 1, 2017, but money is awarded on a first come, first served basis until designated funds are exhausted. Additional information and application materials are available to download here.
The Tourism Enhancement & Development Fund
Visit Morgan County also maintains a fund called the Tourism Enhancement and Development (TED) Fund, which is available to assist organizations that invest in quality local projects that meet our mission. This program seeks to promote and encourage the enhancement and development of tourism related projects within Morgan County, thereby improving both the quality of visitor experiences and the quality of life for residents of the county. The TED Fund can provide funding toward projects that can demonstrate a positive impact on Morgan County tourism and support current tourism strategies and initiatives. Applications are accepted at any time. Materials are available to download here.