June 9, 2015
Dare County Tourism Board awards 15 event grants
Earlier this spring, the Dare County
Tourism Board approved 15 grant applications, providing $222,000 in
assistance to fund 21 local events.
The events are all designed to increase
visitation during the "shoulder" seasons in the spring and
fall and to contribute to residents'
quality of life.
"The recent event grant awards are
a testament to the Tourism Board's desire to grow non-summer
visitation through event development," notes Lee Nettles, the
Outer Banks Visitors Bureau's executive director. "We're giving
our visitors a host of great reasons to come here, or to come back,
beyond the traditional school calendar breaks." The events
within this grant window include fishing and surfing tournaments,
live performances, Veterans workshops, holiday events, local heritage
and cultural celebrations, and several running events, which have
done much to establish the Outer Banks as a preeminent running
destination over the years.
The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau has two
types of event grants -- the event grant and the established event
developer grant. The Tourism Board follows a careful process in
determining which grants to fund and the extent to which they can be
funded responsibly with tourism dollars. The board's Grants Committee
first reviews the applicant's written submission, which includes the
event description and details, economic impact and out-of-market
visitation projections and the applicant's explanation of how the
grant dollars will be spent, if awarded. After reaching consensus,
the Grants Committee offers a recommendation to the full Tourism
Board, which then discusses the matter and makes the final
Event grant dollars are paid on a
reimbursement basis, following proof of expenditure being provided to
the Visitors Bureau. The established event developer grants are paid
with a portion preceding the event and the remainder as a
reimbursement. The process creates a clear set of expectations and
helps the event developer to take steps to ensure their event's
long-term viability. Eligibility requirements, grant guidelines and
application timing can be found at
www.outerbanks.org/outerbanks-grants. Or, interested developers can
contact the Visitors Bureau at 252-473-2138.
"We know that events drive
visitation and offer fun activities for guests and locals, but often,
the event is also a fundraising tool for Dare County non-profits,"
says Nettles, "The Tourism Board's decisions are based on
tourism impact, but everyone recognizes that the value of an event
can reach far beyond dollars and cents."
EVENT GRANT RECIPIENTS
Annual Advice 5K Turkey Trot: 20th
Annual Advice 5K Turkey Trot | November 25-27, 2015. $5,500
Cape Hatteras Anglers Club:
Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament | November 4-7, 2015. $5,000.
Dare Co Arts Council: DASH
Symposium/Surfalorus Film Festival | October 1-3, 2015. $6,000.
Dare Co Arts Council: Outer Banks
Veterans Week |November 2015. $3,000.
Don & Catharine Bryan Cultural
Series: Pirates of Penzance | September 18-19, 2015. $3,500.
Friends of Jockey's Ridge: Celebration
of Carolista Baum's Birthday | August 30, 2015. $1,500.
Manteo Rotary Club: Inshore Slam
Fishing Tournament | October 2-3, 2015. $9,000.
Roanoke Island Historical Association:
PsycoPath | October 2015. $10,000.
Sudan Shrine Temple: Sudan Shrine
Ceremonial | October 15-27, 2015. $12,500.
ESTABLISHED EVENT DEVELOPER
Town of Duck: Duck Jazz Festival |
October 2015. $6,000.
Eastern Surfing Association: Easterns |
September 2015. $10,000.
Elizabethan Gardens: WinterLights |
November-January 2015. $15,000.
Hatteras Village Civic Association:
Christmas Parade; Storytelling Festival; Starry Nights; Day at the
Docks | December, May, September 2015 and February 2016. $25,000.
Outer Banks Seafood Festival: Outer
Banks Seafood Festival | October 2015. $35,000.
Outer Banks Sporting Events: Triathlon;
Marathon; Flying Pirate Half; Storm the Beach | September, November
2015 and April, June 2016. $75,000.
Banks Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing
organization for Dare County's Outer Banks. The Visitors Bureau is
governed by the Dare County Tourism Board. Since 1993, the Tourism
Board has awarded more than $9 million dollars through tourism
infrastructure and community enhancing grant programs.