The Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau announced the availability for funding for the city departments’ marketing grant.

Intended for marketing purposes, the grant is available to attractions, venues, or those who hold events or promote activities in Ford County that will attract overnight guests to the community.

For the marketing costs, the grant will cover 80 percent of the cost up to $2,000 for each project.

The deadline to apply is Oct. 31 with up to $10,000 available for this round of the grants.

The next grant cycle will not take place again until April 30, 2018.

The approval process consists of those interested in the grant to fill out an application and from there the applications will be graded based on how the group or project intends to draw out of town traffic into town.

According to the CVB, past Grants have been awarded to Boot Hill Museum, for the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Poster Project and Digital Marketing; Ford County Fair; Dodge City Community College, for the lecture series; Winter Expo; Cross Fit-Wild West Throw Down Event; Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce; Boot Hill Casino and Resort; Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame; Dodge City Roundup; several Wrestling Tournaments; Central Station; Dodge City AMBUCS; Western State Bank Expo; Great Western Cattle Trail and many other events taking place in Dodge City.

The grant will be awarded prior to the completion of the project, once completed, a proof of completion and results report will be required.

The final decision comes from the marketing grant committee that consists of Stevens, one at-large person, one CVB board member, one Community Facilities Advisory Board member and one Tourism Task Force member.

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