It will be the fifth year for marketing grants that are made available to local businesses through the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The deadline for the spring application process is April 30.

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

According to the CVB, the grants are intended for marketing purposes, and are available to attractions, venues, or those who hold events or promote activities in Ford County that will attract overnight guests to the community.

"The grant will be awarded prior to the completion of the project, once completed, a proof of completion and results report will be required," said CVB assistant director Colleen Hastings in a press release. "The grant can cover 80 percent of the marketing cost, up to $2,000 per project.

"There will be $10,000 available to be awarded this round."

Previous grants have totaled close to $65,000 over the last four years.

According to the CVB, it has been estimated by those who were aided, that the impact to the community is nearly $52 million.

Grants that have been awarded in the past went 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.

All applicants will be required to use the "Get the Heck into Dodge" logo.

A five-person committee of members in the community will determine the selection of the grants.

Visit, visitdodgecity.com for an application or pick up an application in-person at the Visitors Center, 400 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd.

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