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Joplin: Fiscal Year 2014 Special Event Grant Applications Available

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News release from the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau

The JoplinConvention & Visitors Bureau (JCVB) announced today that the guidelines andapplication for the Fiscal Year 2014 Special Event Grant are available. This grant is intended to develop or grow community events with the intentionof increasing the number of guests to visit Joplin.  Grants are to becompleted and all support documentation turned into the JCVB no later than 5:00p.m. on Friday, June 14th.

Eligibilityrequirements, guidelines and the application are available on the JoplinConvention & Visitors Bureaus web site: www.visitjoplinmo.com, or by calling Patrick Tuttle,417-625-4789.

Through itsfiscal year budget the JCVB allocates $100,000 for the Special Event Grantprogram.  A single event can submit an application requesting up to$20,000.  The JCVB Advisory Board will meet in July to determine how thefunds are distributed.  Prior to the board's determination, applicants canmake short present presenting details of their event to support theirapplication.

Grant programhistory:

On November 7, 2000, the voters of Joplinapproved a 2% increase in the gross receipts tax on hotel and motel lodgingaccommodations.  Council Bill No. 2000-048 directs the JCVB Advisory Boardto establish a procedure for annually recommending to the City Manager and CityCouncil the appropriation of these funds.  In recommending the utilizationof these funds, the Advisory Board shall consider their most effective use formarketing sports events, entryway beautification, special events, festivals,celebrations and other related activities in Joplin designed to promote thecity and its features as a destination for outside visitors and tourists.

 The City Council shall, after publichearing held prior to the adoption of the budget, adopt an ordinance toallocate funds among qualifying applicants.  Final allocation will bebased upon the Council's determination as to the most effective use of funds topromote tourism, conventions and related activities in Joplin. 

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