April 28, 2016
Dare Tourism Board awards event grants
By IRENE NOLAN
The Dare County Board of Commissioners at its April 18
meeting approved several distributions from the restricted fund that
were brought forth and recommended by the Dare County Tourism Board.
Spending was approved for four July 4 fireworks displays. They are:
In the grant category of natural, cultural, and
historic, a $75,000 grant was awarded to the Nature Conservancy for
work in the Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve for Phase I of the
planned renovations to the main trailhead and observation area.
The request was for $100,000.
- Avon Property Owners Association. $9,712.50 toward a $19,425 contract for a show from the Avon Pier.
- Town of Kill Devil Hills. $10,000 for a $20,000 contract for a show from Avalon Fishing Pier.
- Town of Manteo. $10,000 for a $35,000 contract for a show from the Manteo Waterfront.
- Town of Nags Head. $10,000 for a $25,000 contract for a show from Nags Head Pier.
A second grant of $8,800 in this category went to the Network for
Endangered Sea Turtles for adding educational signs at beach accesses,
developing and printing rack cards for visitors and rebuilding the
At its March meeting, the Tourism Board approved 13 event grant requests from local municipalities and non-profits.
Five of the events were receiving funds from the Dare County Tourism Board for the first time. These include:
A full list of grant awards can be found www.outerbanks.org/grants.
- The Hatterasity bluegrass festival in Hatteras village, $4,500.
- The third annual OBX Latin Festival, sponsored by Mano al Hermano, $5,000.
- OBX PrideFest, sponsored by OBX Pride Inc., $21,000.
- The fifth annual Maritime Museum Wooden Boat Show, sponsored by the Town of Manteo, $6,000.
- Dare Day 2016, sponsored by the Town of Manteo, $25,000.
- Among the previously funded events were:
- Veterans Week, Dare County Arts Council, $4,000.
- Surfalorus Film Festival, Dare County Arts Council, $5,000.
- Shorebreak 5k and Tide Pool Run, Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund, $5,000.
- Holiday Homes Tour, Manteo Preservation Trust, $3,000.
- OBX Brewtag, Rogallo Foundation. $10,000.
"The grants awarded continue to bring folks here during our non-peak
seasons. The variety of events show what a wonderfully diverse area we
are; open to anyone and there is something for everyone here," said Lee
Nettles, executive director of the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. "As
these events are often fundraisers as well, the event grant program is
a nice example of how tourism development and quality of life for local
residents go hand in hand."
Event developers may submit applications for the next event grant
window, Aug. 1 to 15. Event Grant eligibility is limited to Dare County
non-profits and governmental organizations and for events occurring
during less-than-peak months. To inquire about the event grant or
others offered by the Tourism Board, contact Diane Bognich,
administrative director at 252-473-2138 or [email protected] .