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Funding Support – Sponsorships, Scholarships & Grants

When available, applications for Destination Development sponsorships and scholarships are found online here. Instructions for navigating, the OEDIT online grant portal are found here.

Questions?

Please contact Jill Corbin at [email protected] or Elizabeth O’Rear at [email protected].

CRAFT Implementation Grants

  • Up to $10,000 Implementation Grant for CRAFT Studio 101 – After successful completion of CRAFT Studio 101, participating communities or regions are eligible to apply for funding to implement a key priority determined during program. Guidelines >>
  • Up to $7,500 Grant for CRAFT Studio 201 – After successful completion of CRAFT Studio 201, participating communities or regions are eligible to apply for funding to implement a key priority determined during program. Guidelines >>
  • Up to $2,500 Grant for CRAFT Workshops - After successful completion of a CRAFT Workshop, participating communities or regions are eligible to apply for funding to implement a key priority determined during workshop. Guidelines >>
  • Up to $1,000 Grant for CRAFT Mentor - After successful completion of CRAFT Mentor, projects are eligible to apply for funding up to $1,000. Implementation requests must be aligned with and support tourism outcomes or next steps identified during the CRAFT Mentor project and outlined in the application request. Implementation award applications are due within one year after the competition of a CRAFT Mentor project.  (Note: Projects completed prior to December 31, 2017 have until December 31, 2018 to apply.) Implementation funds are paid on a reimbursement basis upon receipt of an online final report and expense receipts. Implementation grant amount cannot exceed $1,000. Guidelines >>

Marketing Matching Grant Program

Colorado Tourism Office’s Marketing Matching Grant Program provides funding to not-for-profit organizations in the state of Colorado for the purpose of promoting the state or a region as a tourism destination. The overall goal of the program is to increase tourism revenues and economic benefit within the state through unique and effective marketing opportunities. Learn more >>

Rural Tourism Conference Sponsorships

The Colorado Tourism Office sponsors select annual rural tourism conferences to bolster tourism development efforts in rural Colorado and to support education and training opportunities for tourism partners across the state. Learn More >>

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Conferences must take place within the FY18 fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2018.
  • Conferences must occur annually and be pre-exitsing
  • Sponsoring business, association or organization must be located in Colorado and involved with the tourism industry

Application period opens twice a year. Maximum amount awarded for each sponsorship - $5,000

2017 Selected sponsorships: Colorado Agritourism Association Annual Conference, AgriSummit in Salida and Southern Colorado Tourism Summit

Rural Professional Development Scholarships

The Colorado Tourism Office sponsors certain professional development opportunities for select rural tourism partners to advance their tourism education and training. Scholarship funds are paid on a reimbursement basis and will only be awarded after successful completion of conference, course or training. Payment will be made upon submission of expenses receipts and acceptance of the online final report. Eligible expenses include:

  • Full or partial registration to attend a tourism-related conference, course or training  (Not including Colorado Governor's Tourism Conference)
  • Lodging and mileage
  • Scholarship award amount cannot exceed $500 

Professional Development opportunity must take place before June 15, 2018.

Application period opens twice a year. Maximum amount awarded for each scholarship - $500

Guidelines >>

Round 1 Application Deadline – 5pm on Monday, November 27, 2017
Seven professional development scholarships have been awarded to tourism partners in these counties:

  • Chaffee County (2)
  • Routt
  • Archuleta
  • Huerfano
  • Gilpin
  • Hinsdale

Rural Tourism Entrepreneurship Scholarships

1. Leading Edge Scholarships in partnership with Colorado’s SBDC Network. SBDC Application page (open year-round) online now >>

Collaboration between the Colorado Tourism Office and the Colorado SBDC allows tourism businesses to apply for a scholarship to attend a LEADING EDGE training course. The goal of this collaboration is to reach small to medium Colorado for-profit and commercial entrepreneurs and businesses in rural areas that are active SBDC clients to provide targeted business training, resources and funding to Colorado tourism businesses. Scholarship recipients will be reimbursed for 100% of their LEADING EDGE tuition fee.

Eligibility Requirement: Applicants must be a start-up entrepreneur or current business owner working within the tourism industry n Colorado. Click here for a list of eligible tourism occupations. Call the CTO team at 303-892-3840 with questions regarding your tourism occupation eligibility.

2. Women’s Small Business Conference Scholarship for Rural Tourism Entrepreneurs

Collaboration between the Colorado Tourism Office and the Colorado SBDC helps tourism businesses to attend this conference for free through an application-based process.

Eligibility Requirement: Start-up entrepreneur or current business owner working within the tourism industry n Colorado. Click here for a list of eligible tourism occupations. Call the CTO team at 303-892-3840 with questions regarding your creative occupation eligibility.

Scholarship applicants will be notified of their application status within five business days of applying via email. Awarded scholarship applicants will be required to pre-register and pay for the event. Recipients will be refunded 100 percent of their registration fees.

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Colorado Governor's Tourism Conference Rural Tourism Scholarship

The Colorado Tourism Office's Colorado Governor's Tourism Conference Rural Tourism Scholarship provides funding for individuals with a dedication to rural Colorado tourism to attend the Colorado Governor's Tourism Conference. The scholarship includes conference registration and reimbursement for lodging and travel expenses.  Priority will be given to applicants who are first-time attendees.

*Available once a year to first-time attendees to Gov Con

2017 Application Deadline – 5pm on Friday, August 18, 2017
For the 2017 Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference in Grand Junction, 12 scholarships were awarded to first-time attendees from these counties:

  • Fremont
  • Rio Blanco
  • Denver
  • Phillips
  • Archuleta
  • Mesa
  • Alamosa
  • Las Animas
  • Montezuma
  • Huerfano
  • Larimer

 


Questions?
Please contact Jill Corbin, CTO Director of Destination Development, [email protected]
Elizabeth O’Rear, CTO Manager of Destination Development, [email protected]
Sarah-Jane Johnson, Destination Development PR Strategist, [email protected]