Tourism
Co-Op Grant

Information / Application

The purpose of the Carbon County Office of Tourism Co-Op Grant Program is to assist in stretching your out-of-county marketing dollars as well as providing an opportunity to assist with brick and mortar or infrastructural projects which enhance a visitor experience. The main goal of this funding is to increase revenues in both Transient Room and Restaurant taxes. This program is overseen by the Carbon County Office of Tourism. Positive recommendations are given by the Carbon County Tax Advisory Board with final approval by the Carbon County Commission.

Economic Development &
Tourism Director

(435) 636-3295
cced@carbon.utah.gov

DEPARTMENT(S)

Tourism

Tourism Specialist

(435) 636-3701
carbon.travel@carbon.utah.gov

Qualified Applicants

Qualified applicants must be located in Carbon County, Utah and be one of the following:

  • City
  • Town
  • Community
  • Business Group
  • Community Organization
  • Non-Profit Organization

Grant Guidelines

Carbon County Office of Tourism Co-Op Guidelines

The purpose of the Carbon County Office of Tourism Co-Op Program is to assist in stretching your out-of-county marketing dollars as well as providing an opportunity to assist with brick and mortar or infrastructural projects which enhance a visitor experience. The main goal of this funding is to increase revenues in both Transient Room and Restaurant taxes. This program is overseen by the Carbon County Office of Tourism.  Positive recommendations are given by the Carbon County Tax Advisory Board with final approval by the Carbon County Commission. Qualified applicants must be located in Carbon County, Utah and be one of the following:

  • City
  • Town
  • Community
  • Business Group
  • Community Organization
  •  Non-Profit Organization

Application: There is no limit to how many projects an applicant may apply for. In the instance that multiple entities are applying cooperatively, please select one entity as the primary point of contact. Eligible Projects include:

  • Digital Media: Email marketing, banner ads, social, Google ads, website ads, design, or updates
  • Print: Newspaper, flyer, direct mailer, banners
  • Broadcast Media: cable, TV, radio
  •  Publications: Magazine, Guides
  • Accommodations for judges, umpires, special guests
  • Event location rental
  • Out of Home: Billboards, outdoor advertising, bus, posters
  • Tourism Enhancement projects inside Carbon County including “brick & mortar” or infrastructure projects which enhance tourism in the area.  

Deadlines for applications:

All applications must be received seven or more days prior to the next Tax Advisory Board meeting held the second Tuesday of each month.  Any late application will automatically roll over to the following month.  All applications for funding requests must be received 30 days prior to event, event promotion, or start of enhancement project. Tourism enhancement projects must be completed in the same calendar year in which they were applied for.

 Applications must be filled out completely, including an overall budget for the event. Incomplete applications may be excluded from consideration until the application is properly completed and resubmitted.

Criteria for Application Funding Review:

  • New events will be given priority over established events.  An established event is one which is 3+ years.  The only exception are those events which are defined as “pay to play” in which the event sponsor must pay a fee in order to host the event in Carbon County.
  • Nonprofit organizations will be given priority over for-profit organizations.
  • Events which are of greater duration are considered more attractive due to overnight stays, restaurant services and other purchases which drive sales tax dollars.  
  • Events attracting people to the area are of high consideration.
  • Any conflict of interest between an event application and a Board Member will result in the Board Member recusing themselves when voting.  

Payment, Reporting, & Requirements:

All Tax Advisory Board positive recommendations for funding will be presented to the Carbon County Commission for final approval. After final approval from the Carbon County Commission, a written Agreement will be issued to all recipients of funding.  This Agreement will be issued no later than the last day of December of the current year.

 In the case a project or event award totals more than $2000.00, Payment will be made in two installments:

  1.   After the Award Agreement is signed, the recipient must invoice “Carbon County Office of Tourism” for 50% of the grant award amount. This request must be made within 30 days of the grant award. If the request is not made, all funds for this application will be forfeited.
  2.   The remaining 50% will be awarded upon completion of the project and final report. The final report must be completed within 30 days after the event or project is complete to receive the reimbursement of expense. Failure to complete the final project and reports may affect applicant’s eligibility for future funding.

Changes to Project: In the event that applicant has unforeseen changes to the project, the applicant must notify Carbon County Office of Tourism for approval of the project change.

  1.   Carbon County Office of Tourism and its council have ultimate discretion over the content and placement of any event advertising and official Carbon Corridor logos. 
  2. All advertising needs to be given to Carbon County Office of Tourism for review and approval two weeks prior to distribution.
  3.   Carbon Corridor official logo will be required to be on all advertising and print materials.

Timeline:

  •  Submission Deadline: 30 days prior to event, event promotion, or start of project and a minimum of 7 days prior to the scheduled Carbon County Tax Advisory Board meeting.  
  • Applicants must attend the first board meeting scheduled after the submission date for an interview.
  • Positive recommendations by the Carbon County Tax Advisory Board will be presented to the Carbon County Commission for final approval.  
  • Grant Awards are announced after the Carbon County Commissioners have reviewed and approved the application in their bi-monthly meeting and contracts are signed. 

Grant Application

Co-Op Program

The purpose of the Carbon County Office of Tourism Co-Op Program is to assist in stretching your out-of-county marketing dollars as well as providing an opportunity to assist with brick and mortar or infrastructural projects that will enhance a visitor experience. The main goal of this funding is to increase revenues in both Transient Room and Restaurant taxes. This program is overseen by the Carbon County Office of Tourism. Positive recommendations are given by the Carbon County Tax Advisory Board with final approval by the Carbon County Commission.

 

Timeline:

 

  • SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 30 days prior to event or project start date. Earlier applications are accepted as well.
  • Interviews will take place on the 2nd Tuesday of the month after application submission.
  • Grant Award Announcements will occur once the contract has been executed.

 

 

Application:  In completing the following application, please keep the following points in mind:

  • Please take time to review the Co-Op Program Guidelines
  • The maximum amount an applicant can request is $5,000.00
  • There is no cap to how many times an applicant can apply to the program
  • The project end/completion date must fall within the same calendar year as application

After the submission deadline, applicants (s) will receive notification for an  interview at a scheduled Tax Advisory Board (TTAB) meeting.  Following the interview, the TTAB will review, score, and rank applications. The grant award announcement will occur once the Carbon County Commission has approved the positive recommendation by the Carbon County Tax Advisory Board.

 

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FAQ

  • Can I apply for funding every year?
  • Can I apply for multiple events?