Visit Longmont announced today that the 2019 Tourism Grant recipients have been selected and eight area events/programs received grants totaling $25,000.
The tourism grant program was established in 2008, shortly after the inception of Visit Longmont, following the passage of the Lodger’s tax. From 2008-2012, the program was administered by the Economic Development Department for the City of Longmont. However, in 2013, the City placed the process in the hands of Visit Longmont.
The program was established to provide assistance to Longmont area businesses and non-profit organizations to help defray marketing costs for events that bring people to Longmont. The guidelines stipulate that an event should attract visitors from outside a 50-mile radius of Longmont and reflect significant impact on tourism spending in Longmont.
For 2019, grants were awarded to eight events, totaling $25,000, with four of those events new to the process. Events (Applicants) receiving funding are:
- Nitrofest (Left Hand Brewing Foundation)
- National Firefighter’s Combat Challenge (Boulder County Fair)
- West World and Rocky Mountain Regional Pony of the Americas Show (Colorado Pony of the Americas Club)
- Longmont Jazz Fest (Longmont Jazz Association)
- Oktoberfest (Left Hand Brewing Foundation)*
- Strings & Stories (Future Arts Foundation)*
- Hooplagers: The Lager Hoopla (Wibby Brewing)*
- Life at 3 MPH Summit: The Experience (Walk2 Connect Cooperative)* **
*First time receiving Visit Longmont Tourism Grant
**First year of event/program
Applications for the 2020 Tourism Grant program will be available in the fall. For more information, visit the website at visitlongmont.org or call 303.776.9011.
About Visit Longmont
The mission of Visit Longmont is to support, market, develop, and enhance historical, cultural, business, meeting, and recreational activities that increase visitation to the City of Longmont and surrounding areas in order to establish and develop the City of Longmont as a desirable destination for visitors and enrich the economic well-being of the community.