Denver – (March 1, 2017) – Counties impacted by the September 2013 floods, and the High Park, Black Forest, Waldo Canyon and Royal Gorge fires, may be eligible for grants up to $150,000 for projects to revitalize tourism through the new Recover Colorado Tourism Marketing Grant Program offered through the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT).
In 2012 and 2013, five presidentially declared disasters occurred in Colorado damaging the state’s vital tourism economic sector. To assist in the recovery efforts, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provided the state of Colorado with Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds.
OEDIT has $728,300 in grant funding available to non-profit and quasi-governmental entities for the purpose of enhancing marketing efforts to attract visitors to communities that suffered economic losses from these disasters.
Grants can be used to develop new marketing campaigns, conduct website updates and redesigns, purchase media, increase event promotion and conduct other marketing activities. Communities are encouraged to partner with neighboring communities to form regional initiatives.
The eligible 19 counties include:
Grant proposals are due by April 15, 2017 and will be evaluated for: