Q. Who is eligible to apply for these grants?
A. Non-Profit and Not-For-Profit organizations are eligible to apply on behalf of their region (a group of multiple communities) or their statewide organizations. These organizations must be based in Colorado; out-of-state organizations are not eligible.
Q. Who is required to administer the funds?
A. A designee of the organization may administer the program. This should be indicated on the Grant Application Form.
Q. Is there any restriction on forming partnerships for a regional grant?
A. A region is defined as a group of multiple communities (cities, towns, or counties) large or small, whose regional identity may be based upon geographic similarities, traveler behaviors, cultural identities, thematically, infrastructure links, etc. It is important to note that, no matter how your region is defined, an explanation of why your region is defined as such is required.
Q. Would a state agency be eligible for a grant?
A. Yes, a state agency is eligible for matching grant funding as long as general funds are not being used as match.
Q. What types of projects are eligible for the grants?
A. You may use the funds for media placement and production (print, online, outdoor, broadcast, and radio), printed materials, tradeshow registration fees and booth rentals, video/CD-Rom/DVD production, fulfillment costs, public relations/media communications, promotional items, strategic planning and research, product development, website development, international opportunities, or other special marketing opportunities (this could include FAMs, database development, tradeshows, etc.). These programs should be designed to increase travel and should produce a positive return on investment.
Q. How much can an applicant request?
A. You may request any increment of funding up to $15,000.
Q. Are there any proposal restrictions in terms of formats, such as single space or double space, font size, or number of pages?
A. We ask that proposals be brief and to the point (under 10 pages); however, there are no format restrictions. A total of one (1) original and five (5) copies of the proposal must be submitted to the Colorado Tourism Office. Do not send proposals in electronic format or via fax.
Q. Are educational conferences, advocacy programs and membership dues eligible for CTO grant funds?
Q. Will an invoice dated prior to the contract signature date and after August 15, 2013, be reimbursable by the CTO?
Q. Are travel expenses eligible to be reimbursed by the CTO?
A. All non-public relations or marketing related transportation expenses will not be reimbursed by the CTO as well as transportation to and from meetings.
For further questions, please contact Kelly Barbello at 303.892.3877 or Kelly.email@example.com.