The Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau announced the approval of five marketing grants, totaling $10,000, that will be used for projects promoting Dodge City’s attractions and events.

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.

Grant recipients for the spring 2018 round of awards are: Brothers of the Third Wheel-National Trike-In; Dodge City Roundup, Inc.; Ford County Fair Association; HorseThief the Festival and Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce - Dodge City Days.

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.

This marketing grant was formed in February 2014, to work in tandem with the other locally offered grants through Festivals, Mariah Funds and Why Not Dodge.

The Grant is available for marketing projects, for attractions, venues, or those who hold an event, who are looking to complete a marketing project in Ford County that will attract overnight guests to the community.

The grant is being awarded prior to the completion of the project. With follow-up reporting due after completion. The grant can cover 80 percent of the marketing cost, up to $2,000 per project.

The grant deadline was April 30 and will be available again in the fall 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.

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.

All applicants are required to use the "Get the Heck into Dodge" logo, or otherwise recognize the source of the funding in the marketing project.

The Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureaus’ previously awarded marketing grants have totaled more than $77,000, and while not all results have been totaled, it has been estimated by those who were granted funds, the impact to the community is more than $52 million.

Examples of past grants award recipients are: Boot Hill Museum (70th Anniversary); Ford County Fair; Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce (Dodge City Days); Dodge City Ambucs (Regional Conference); the Brothers of the Third Wheel (National Trike In); Dodge City Public Library (Tom Clavin book signing); Women’s Ranch Rodeo (World Finals) and many other exciting events taking place in Dodge City.

A copy of the grant application can be accessed on the left side of the homepage under ‘more information’ of the www.visitdodgecity.org site, or can be picked up at the Visitors Center at 400 West Wyatt Earp Boulevard.

For more information concerning the grant and the October 31 deadline, please contact Colleen Hastings, Assistant Director of the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau at 620-225-8186.