Grants

Apply now for Visit Beloit J.E.T. or C.I.P. grant programs!

Applications are due by Thursday, August 31, 2017.
Final grant approvals will be made in late-September at the Visit Beloit Board of Directors meeting.
The next grant round will be open in April 2018.

Click here for the Grant Payment Request Summary document.

Questions? Contact Celestino Ruffini at celestino@visitbeloit.com

2017 Visit Beloit Joint Effort in Tourism (J.E.T.) Grant Program Information – CLICK HERE TO APPLY
Mission
The mission of Visit Beloit is to attract consumers to the greater Beloit region to experience our attractive, vibrant community and to ensure we gain them as a repeat visitor. This grant program was established to support a wide range of projects and events in our service area.
Funding Source
Visit Beloit is primarily funded by hotel/motel taxes paid by visitors staying in lodging facilities.
Purpose
J.E.T. Grants are available to develop and market events and activities that have the potential to attract visitors to the Beloit region, as well as enhance a visitor’s experience and improve the quality of life for those who live in the Beloit area. Potential grants can be focused on, but not limited to, cultural, educational, recreational or artistic themes. The grant program is designed to encourage wide participation and innovative proposals. The grants can be for up to $10,000 and can be used for technology, marketing, advertising and public relations. Applicants may receive less than the maximum amount. Applying for a J.E.T. Grant does not guarantee receipt of funding. J.E.T. Grant awards are subject to funds being available. Final determination and award is made by the Visit Beloit Board of Directors.
Eligibility and Criteria for Funding
• Must be an organization able to receive a tax-deductible charitable contribution.
• No more than two projects/events per organization will be funded each calendar year.
• Grant must be used to enhance the greater Beloit region.
• The event or project must be designed to increase leisure, event, sports, or meeting and convention travel to the Beloit region.
• Applicants are required to submit a Visit Beloit grant application form.
• Encourage collaboration between organizations and other types of community groups is a priority.
• All organizations are required to submit a written final report. Failure to submit a final report will disqualify the organization from receiving future grants.
• Grantee must be able to measure effectiveness of project.
• Grantees should be able to demonstrate their ability to attract visitors from at least a two-hour driving radius from Beloit. They should also demonstrate their coordination with local lodging facilities regarding packaged overnight stays.
• Ability to create a positive perception of Beloit and improve the quality of life for the region.
• Demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment for the success of the event or activity.
• Ability to attract visitors to Beloit or enhance their stay while in the region.
• Diversity and uniqueness of the event or activity.
• Appeal of the event or activity to a broad-based audience.
• Grant does not include Visit Beloit staff time or resources.
All applications will be reviewed by the grant advisory committee and submitted to the Visit Beloit Board of Directors for final approval.
General Information
The applicant must complete the following application materials to be considered eligible for a J.E.T. Grant. Applicant materials to be submitted are:
• Application form.
• Proposed budget with revenues and expenses for the project/event.
• One current copy of proof of not-for-profit status.
• Submit application by deadline. Incomplete/late applications will not be accepted.
All marketing materials promoting the event or activity must include the following from Visit Beloit: logo, website, and the verbiage “Supported by the Visit Beloit J.E.T. Grant Program” as appropriate.
Grant recipients are required to market their event/activity through Visit Beloit’s website and additional marketing materials as applicable.
Events and Activities Not Eligible for Funding
• Ongoing operating expenditures.
• Permanent infrastructure.
• Capital building projects.
• Professional services (outside the scope of advertising, marketing, graphic design) including legal, medical, engineering, accounting or auditing.
• General fundraising or donations.
• Salaries, wages or administrative fees.
• Debt retirement or associated fees.
• Anything contrary to federal, state or local law or ordinance.
• Private events (not open to the public).
• Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age or sexual orientation.
• Political organizations, candidates for political office and organizations whose primary purpose is to influence legislation.
• Any other event or activity deemed by the grant committee that does not meet local, state or federal guidelines as deemed by the respective laws of those entities.

2017 Community Improvement Program (C.I.P.) Grant – CLICK HERE TO APPLY
Mission
The mission of Visit Beloit is to attract consumers to the greater Beloit region to experience our attractive, vibrant community and to ensure we gain them as a repeat visitor. This grant program was established to support a wide range of projects through local municipalities within our service area.
Funding Source
Visit Beloit is primarily funded by hotel/motel taxes paid by visitors staying in lodging facilities.
Purpose
Grants can only be awarded to the municipalities of City of Beloit, WI, City of South Beloit, IL and Village of Rockton, IL that meet Visit Beloit’s goal to build the Beloit region as a tourism destination. Applying for a grant does not guarantee receipt of funding. This grant can only be applied for by a municipality in order to assist with their efforts in adding or rejuvenating tourism-related infrastructure, such as wayfinding signage, multi-use trails, waterway access, benches, etc. in their community. This grant program is not intended for projects such as roadways or utilities. We want to improve the Beloit region in ways that visitors and locals alike will enjoy, like new construction, improving infrastructure, beautification, renovations and repairs.
Eligibility and Criteria for Funding
• Only the municipalities of City of Beloit, WI, City of South Beloit, IL and the Village of Rockton, IL can apply for this grant.
• Multiple projects per municipality can be funded each calendar year.
• Tourism-related infrastructure that is added or rejuvenated must be within the grant recipient’s municipal boundaries.
• Annually, the City of Beloit, WI is eligible for up to $7,500, and the City of South Beloit, IL and the Village of Rockton, IL are each eligible for up to $1,250 respectively.
• Applicants are required to submit a Visit Beloit grant application form.
• All proposed projects must show a budget detailing any revenue or matching grants being received from other sources, as well as estimated expenses.
• Grant does not include Visit Beloit staff time or resources.
• All applicants are required to submit a written final report. Failure to submit a final report will disqualify the municipality from receiving the grant.
• The need for the tourism-related infrastructure to be added or rejuvenated should be described in the application.
All applications will be reviewed by the grant advisory committee and submitted to the Visit Beloit Board of Directors for final approval.
General Information
The applicant must complete the following application materials to be considered eligible for a C.I.P. Grant. Applicant materials to be submitted include:
• Application form.
• Proposed budget with revenues and expenses for the project.
• Submit application by deadline. Incomplete/late applications will not be accepted.
Requirement
Anything related to the project must include the following from Visit Beloit: logo, website, and the verbiage “Supported by the Visit Beloit C.I.P. Grant Program” as appropriate.



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