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We are excited to announce the 2019 Tourism Tax Advisory Grant is now open! 

It is important that you read the information posted below.  Please check carefully for the proper grant and pay attention to the different deadlines. 

2019 Standard Tourism Tax Advisory Board Grant Application

2019 Standard Grants are CLOSED for 2019.  If you applied, award letters will be available sometime in April. 

Standard grants will open again in January of 2020.  

 

2019 Quick Grants

Quick grants are available to for-profits with a strong tourism project or to registered non-profits and municipalities with a project requiring funds of $1,000 or less.  Organizations may apply for up to four grants per year.  Quick grants are open throughout 2019 or until funding runs out. 

Grant applications can be found here:

 2019 Quick Grants

 

New!  Golden Spike Sesquicentennial Grants

Only for 2019!  If your organization is planning an event or project to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, we’d like to help!  Grants will be available throughout the year, or until funding runs out.  Municipalities may request up to $3,000 and other organizations and non-profits may request up to $1,000.  If you are a for-profit organization, please contact the Box Elder County Tourism office to discuss your project (tourism@boxelder.org). 

Grant applications can be found here:

Golden Spike Sesquicentennial Grants

Box Elder County
Tourism Tax Advisory Board
2019 Grant Program

Application must be submitted using the online fillable form found at: www.boxeldercounty.org (See links above)

SCHEDULE

Standard Grant applications are accepted: January 1 – February 28, 2019
Deadline for submitting applications: February 28, 2019 – Midnight
Announcement of Awards: Approximately April 1, 2019
Grant monies mailed: 2 weeks after acceptance paperwork is received by Box Elder County from the Grant Recipient
Quick and Golden Spike Grants are accepted throughout 2019 until funding is gone. First come, first serve basis.
Grant monies mailed: 2-4 weeks after acceptance paperwork is received by Box Elder County

Please note:

1. The fillable form found at www.boxeldercounty.org must be used.
2. Please read Grant Procedures and Rules before completing application.
3. Grant applications must be complete, including a detailed budget, to be considered.
4. Organizations must be a nonprofit or municipality to apply for this grant.
5. For-profit entities should request a quick grant at www.boxeldercounty.org. Grants may not exceed $1,000. For-profit entities may apply for no more than four quick grants per year. Quick grants are first come, first serve and are available all year long until funding runs out.
6. Nonprofits and municipalities who request funds under $1,000, should apply for a Quick Grant at www.boxeldercounty.org. Quick grants are first come, first serve and are available all year long until funding runs out.
7. Direct questions to Joan Hammer, Box Elder County Tourism 435-734-3315, tourism@boxelder.org.

Box Elder County Tourism Tax Advisory Board

Tourism Development Fund Policy

Mission. The mission of the Box Elder County Tourism Tax Advisory Board (TTAB) is to encourage tourism promotion to advance sustainable economic development. The Board will work with other tourism-related entities on projects to improve existing tourism products or initiate new ones. The projects should follow the Mission and Goals of the Advisory Board. The Mission and Goals are found in the grant packet.

The TTAB Tourism Development Fund is available to assist tourism projects, to include: events, activities, festivals, conference, or programs, as well as aid in infrastructure projects that directly benefit tourism. This fund is not guaranteed year-to-year. The applicants are encouraged to work toward becoming self-sustaining.
Purpose. The Box Elder County Tourism Tax Advisory Board shall, at its annual budget meeting, allocate a set amount of its budget as a “Tourism Tax Advisory Board Grant” for tourism development by organizations developing projects in the Box Elder County area. The grant fund has the following purpose:
1) To increase tourism in Box Elder County
2) To assist new tourism projects
3) To help organizations develop new tourism projects
4) To increase the advertising exposure of Box Elder County outside of the County
5) To involve more people and organizations in tourism promotion

Eligibility.  Tourism Development Funds are available organizations that promote tourism-related attractions, events, festivals, or programs. These events should encourage overnight stays in Box Elder County with immediate impact on the tourism economy.

Tourism Development Funds are derived from restaurant and hotel taxes and may only be used for the purpose of promoting recreation and tourism.

Application Policy. Please read this section BEFORE submitting your application. Requests for funds will be approved under the following conditions:
1) The proposed attraction, event, activity, festival or program must relate directly to the priorities of the TTAB mission statement and goals.
2) The funds may not be used for salary or wages.
3) The funds may be used for direct mail only if it can be documented and is going to be sent outside Box Elder County.
4) Promotional funds should be spent outside Box Elder County. Promotional activities are expected to encourage tourists to spend the night in Box Elder County.
5) Printed materials must include the Box Elder County Tax Advisory Board logo and the words: “Funded by the Box Elder County Tax Advisory Board.
6) A follow up report must be submitted within sixty (60) days following the completion of the project.

Application Procedure

1) Applications must be filled out online at www.boxeldercounty.org (see links above).
a. There are 3 options for applications. Standard Grant and Golden Spike 150th Grant requests are available to nonprofits and municipalities only. For- profit and organizations needing $1,000 or less may apply for a Quick Grant. Private or for profit organizations may contact the Box Elder County Tourism office to discuss Golden Spike 150 projects in an individual basis.
2) Application deadline: February 28, 2019, 5:00 pm.
3) Applications will be screened by the Box Elder County Tourism Tax Advisory Board and recommendations made to the Box Elder County Commission.
4) Successful applicants will be notified in April, 2019.

Primary consideration will be given to those who strive for the following criteria:

1) Does the project meet the intent and requirements of the State statute? (mandatory requirement)
2) Does it benefit tourism in the area, especially overnight visitors and what is the immediate impact?
3) What is the likelihood of successful completion and what is the experience of the requesting organization?
4) What is the availability of other sources of funding and/or the ability to leverage grant funds?
5) What is the potential for the project to generate more dollars for the fund in the future?

Payment of Tourism Development Fund. Once funding has been approved, the applicant must follow the proper steps in order to be considered for future grants. If these steps are not followed, funding will not be granted in the future.
1) Payment will be made based on agreement specified in grant award.
2) A follow up report must be completed within sixty (60) days after project completion. The report must contain the following:
a) Appropriate documentation of completed work and execution of final payments to include copies of invoices or checks for service rendered. All documents must be received sixty (60) days after completion of project. All matching funds must be accounted for as well
b) A written evaluation report documenting the event and success of project. Please include who the audience was, number of attendees, etc.

For questions, please call the office at 435-734-3315.

Tourism Tax Advisory Board Mission Statement

The mission of the Box Elder County Tourism Tax Advisory Board is to develop criteria and an application process that will assist the fair evaluation of all requests for tourism enhancement. Such enhancement is that which best reflects and affects the recreation, heritage, cultural and scenic wonders of the whole county. The process is to encourage coordination of all tourism promotion and strategies commensurate with tax revenue to advance sustainable economic development. The Board will then make recommendations to the Box Elder County Commission for allocation of funds. This constitutes all taxes enacted by the Utah State Legislature and Box Elder County relating to tourism.

The criteria & application process must be in compliance with the purpose of the Tourism, Recreation, Cultural, and Convention (TRCC) Tax in Utah Code Annotated Title 59, chapter 12, section 601.

Goals and Objectives
1. Increase visitor numbers, trip duration and visitor sales by promoting Box Elder County as an all-season tourism destination.
2. To create awareness of Box Elder County as a refuge or oasis for peace, tranquility, and serenity that will leave visitors feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and inspired.
3. Be an advocate of the tourism industry and represent the best interests of Box Elder County on issues of public interest and policy.
4. Build the credibility of the tourism industry as an important force in the region’s economy and vitality of life by educating the government, business, labor and professional communities.
5. Pursue relationships with organizations and tourism providers that foster mutual goals, provide cooperative marketing and funding mechanisms, and offer partnership opportunities to increase tourism to Box Elder County.
6. Provide quality, timely, up-to-date information to those seeking tourism information on Box Elder County by telephone, internet, mail or in person. Collect tourism data to assist with market analysis and research.
7. Encourage and assist new and appropriate tourism developments or events to Box Elder County. Help existing community events expand their market outside Box Elder County.