my-tupeloTUPELO, Miss. – The Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau (TCVB) has opened its FY’ 17 matching grant program for event promotion. The program’s goal is to fund the promotion of special events and festivals that attract overnight visitors to Tupelo.

The program requires that requests for marketing funds be submitted to TCVB by November 15, 2016 for events that fall within TCVB’s 2017 fiscal year that runs from October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017. A 30% match is required to request funding from TCVB and the CVB’s contribution is capped at $15,000.

“Events are tourism drivers for Tupelo,” said Neal McCoy, executive director of the Tupelo CVB. “These grants are designed to help promote festivals and special events that bring people into Tupelo to spend the night.”

Selection criteria published by TCVB focuses on scoring requests using five elements:
1. Commitment to tourism in Tupelo;
2. Regional promotion;
3. Soundness of proposed project;
4. Stability and management capacity; and
5. Quality and uniqueness of proposed project.

The match grant guidelines are available at the front desk of the TCVB, by download at www.tupelo.net, or by emailing Stephanie Coomer at scoomer@tupelo.net. For more information on Tupelo, please visitwww.tupelo.net or call us at 800-533-0611.

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