They’re back! Destination Development Grants are now available for both Ottawa and Erie counties for projects that will attract and engage visitors, serve and educate regional tourism partners, and generate economic growth for their communities and the region through travel and tourism development.
Ottawa County grant applicants can apply for up to $10,000 and Erie County applicants for up to $25,000. However, the program is not designed to cover the entire cost of a project.
The grant is a matching grant program. Therefore, the grantee must secure an equal amount of funds as they are granted towards the project in order to receive funding. Organizations with active projects funded through the 2022 grant are not eligible to apply until the previously funded project is complete and all requirements have been fulfilled.
The grant proposal period for both counties is Jan. 23 through April 20, with final proposals due before noon on April 20. Erie County finalists will be notified on May 12 and Ottawa County finalists will be notified on May 19.
Informational meetings about the grant process and eligibility requirements will be held on the following dates and locations:
- Thursday, Feb. 2 at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. – S&IO East (Sandusky)
- Tuesday, Feb 7 at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. – S&IO West (Port Clinton)
- Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 9 a.m. – S&IO East (Sandusky)
- Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. – S&IO West (Port Clinton)
Interested parties are welcome to join any meeting, regardless of county of origin. Direct questions regarding the grant or the grant process to Destination Development Director Amanda Smith Rasnick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-625-2175.