Central Station Bar and Grill and Dodge City Roundup have been awarded the Convention and Visitors Bureau marketing grants for the fall cycle.

The grants total $4,000 and will go toward projects promoting Dodge City’s attractions and events.

According to the CVB, examples of promotional projects may include Internet, radio, television, social media, print media and other marketing efforts to promote these events.

"The grants were reviewed and approved by a grant selection committee, comprised of volunteer members of the Dodge City community," CVB assistant director Colleen Hastings said in a press release. "These marketing projects will aid in reaching communities in Kansas, (as well as surrounding states), informing them of the activities in Dodge City.

"The marketing grants will be used to market the events for the purpose of bringing visitors to town and raising awareness of events, things to do and see, and attractions in the community, with the end result of increasing attendance to events and attractions, increasing business for local restaurants and retailers and raising the occupancy in the local hotels."

Formed in February 2014, the marketing grants are to work in tandem with the other locally offered grants through festivals, the Mariah Fund and Why Not Dodge.

The grant is to be used to promote marketing projects and attractions that will bring in overnight guests to Ford County and is awarded prior to the completion of the project.

The grant can cover up to 80 percent of marketing costs up to the amount of $2,000 per project.

The grant cycle will return in the spring of 2018.

"The mission of the Convention and Visitors Bureau is to promote Dodge City and the area’s resources and assets to bring prospective tourists and convention and travel business to Dodge City," Hastings said. "As part of our mission, the Convention and Visitors Bureau aids our attractions and event coordinators in their efforts of getting the word out to prospective visitors to our community, and supports the efforts of bringing overnight travel to Dodge City."

Contact Hastings for more information about the grants and the April 31, 2018 deadline at 620-225-8186.

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