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Nature and Culture Destination Enhancement Grant

In order to support and enhance Alachua County as a culturally interesting and vibrant destination, the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners has allocated a portion of the Tourist Development Tax revenue to aid in the operations and promotions of arts, cultural, and nature events that have, as one of their main purposes, the attraction of tourists as evidenced by the promotion of the event to tourists.

Application Submission Applications should be submitted with all requested information. Missing or re-worded questions constitute an incomplete application. Applications should be bound/stapled on the left side. One (1) Original should be submitted.

Download Nature and Culture Destination Enhancement Grant application [.docx]

It is the complete responsibility of the applicant to compile and package its proposals according to instructions.

It is essential that applicants check this website for Addenda.

Addendum 1, July 27, 2020 (pdf) | Addendum 1, July 27, 2020 (.docx)

Addendum 2, August 18, 2020 (pdf) | Addendum 2, August 18, 2020 (.docx)

All applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, August 28, 2020 at: Alachua County Visitors and Convention Bureau
33 North Main Street, Gainesville, Florida 32601

Please note: The Visit Gainesville, Alachua County office is currently open by appointment only. To schedule an appointment or drop-off time for completed applications, email info@visitgainesville.com or call (352) 374-5260.

Inquiries/Questions Questions regarding any portion of the application or application process must be made in writing via email to the VCB at info@visitgainesville.com.

All questions must be submitted no later than 10 calendar days before the proposal due date. All questions will be answered and posted to the VisitGainesville.com website.

Eligibility Applicants must fulfill the following at the time of application.

  1. Be an arts, nature or culture organization.
  2. Operate within the boundaries of Alachua County.
  3. The proposed event has as one of its main purposes the attraction of tourists as evidenced by the promotion of the event to tourists.
  4. Be a nonprofit organization under the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations. A copy of Active Status from Sunbiz.org must be attached to the application.
  5. Have documented IRS nonprofit, tax-exempt status.
  6. Institutions of higher education are eligible to apply for arts, nature or culture programs and events, within the request limit.
  7. Government entities are not eligible to apply for Nature and Culture Destination Enhancement grants.

Prohibited Communications The funding process is not over until the final award decisions are made by the County Commission. To ensure fair consideration for all applicants, the County prohibits communication regarding this funding process, including the funding recommendations to or with any department, employee, elected official, or any other person involved in evaluation of or consideration of the applications, until the County Commission has formalized its funding decision. Communication includes both oral and written. The County’s representative may initiate communication with an applicant in order to obtain information. 

Please note: The Visit Gainesville, Alachua County office is currently open by appointment only. To schedule an appointment or drop-off time for completed applications, email info@visitgainesville.com or call (352) 374-5260.