2023 Large Tourism Event Grant - (Closed)

Program Overview

Hamilton County included $1.5MM in the 2023 general fund budget to support large tourism events that attract visitors, impact hotel room occupancy, and create a significant economic impact for Hamilton County. See program details below:

 Launch on Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

 Close on Friday, February 24th at 5:00 pm

Application Period is Now Closed

Event Eligibility Requirements

  • The event must occur in 2023.
  • The event must be a special event scheduled for one day or multiple days over a defined period of time. Routine events occurring throughout Hamilton County (including but not limited to routine professional/collegiate sporting events) are not eligible for funding.
  • The event must be open to the public. The event may be free or charge admission.
  • The event must be held at an accessible location within Hamilton County.
  • The event must be able to obtain all required permits and approvals.
  • The event must provide professional and reasonable documentation of an economic impact of at least $40MM on Hamilton County and/or demonstrate significant increase in hotel room night occupancy over the period of the event.

Eligible Expenses

  • Equipment rentals
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Entertainment and performers
  • Permits and licenses
  • Security and general liability insurance
  • All expenses must pertain to Hamilton County (i.e. rental equipment must be utilized in Hamilton County, entertainment must perform/be displayed in Hamilton County)

Selection Criteria

Selection of applications to recommend for funding will be primarily based on the following criteria:

  • Economic impact the event will create for Hamilton County through increasing room nights booked, spending by attendees, and other factors. Figures and projections should be supported with credible and detailed documentation.
  • Demonstration of financial need, explaining how County funding will secure and/or increase the desired economic impact of the event.
  • Extent to which the event complements Hamilton County policy priorities, programs, and assets.