Visitors Bureau announces tourism marketing grant program

The Ottawa County Visitors Bureau (Lake Erie Shores & Islands West) is pleased to announce its 2014 Tourism Marketing Grant program.

The program is available for new and existing community friendly events that take place in Ottawa County. It is designed to assist non-profit organizations and small businesses in promoting events that generate overnight stays, create media exposure, increase area economic impact, and generate awareness that Lake Erie Shores & Islands is a year-round destination.

The primary mission of the Visitors Bureau is to encourage economic development in Ottawa County through promotion of tourism for business, pleasure and enrichment. Organizations that hold events that fit within this mission are encouraged to take advantage of the availability of the grant funds.

All applicants are required to attend one of two pre-application meetings where the program and scoring criteria will be described in more detail. At these meetings the application form will be reviewed and all questions will be answered.

Meeting dates are Thursday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. Meetings will be held at the Lake Erie Islands Regional Welcome Center, 770 SE Catawba Rd., Port Clinton. Application deadline for this year’s program is March 31st.

More information and a grant form are available by contacting Executive Director Larry Fletcher at 419.734.4386 ext. 223 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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