VisitGainesville offers a conference grant for incoming meetings and conferences in 2 cycles - one in the spring and one in the fall. The purpose is to enhance Alachua County as a destination by contributing to the development of tourism as allowed by Section 125.0104, Florida Statutes, Chapter 38 of the Alachua County Code of Ordinances.

To qualify, meeting professionals must complete the grant application and satisfy a number of criteria including confirming that their meeting or event produced hotel room nights in Gainesville/Alachua County. Individual grants cap at $10,000 and are available to corporate, association, or non-profit, public or privately -funded planners.

Priority for grant funding will be given to projects that have the greatest potential for bringing visitors to Alachua County who will stay in overnight in hotels, motels, bed and breakfast inns, RV parks and campgrounds.

For additional information, planners may contact Kelly Aleman, kaleman@visitgainesville.com, or Kathy Munden, kmunden@visitgainesville.com, at (352) 374-5260 or toll-free at (866)778-5002.

Industry Partners - Use This Grant as a Recruiting Incentive!

The VisitGainesville Conference Grant is an excellent marketing and recruiting incentive for area hoteliers and facility managers to offer potential incoming meetings and conferences.

Conference Grant Calendar - Fall 2017:

Grant cycle opens: Friday, September 1, 2017, for conferences taking place October 25, 2017-September 30, 2019.

Conference Grant Workshop:
September 7, 2017 at 10am
Grace Knight Conference Room on the 2nd floor of the County Administration Building (12 SE 1st St)

Grants are due by: Thursday, September 28 at 4pm

Eligible conferences must take place after October 25, 2017

*Funds are available upon completion of conference.*