Estherville area organizations are encouraged to keep in mind that the Shout it Out grant is available to assist the promotion of activities and events that bring people to Estherville. Up to $3,500 is available to be distributed to suitable projects during the current 2012-2013 financial year.
The Shout it Out grant was launched in 2010 to encourage more activities and events that encourage visitors arrivals in both tourism and convention industries. The grant money can only be used in the promotion of events and activities. Funding for the grant comes from hotel/motel tax revenue the Chamber receives to develop tourism in Estherville.
During 2011-2012, approximately $3,500 was provided in grants to a number of local organizations. The grant recipients included the Estherville Little League Association, the Estherville Rodeo, Regional Wellness Center time trials and Downtown Market.
Stephanie Neppl, executive director for the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce, says "Events are a great way to attract new visitors and inject money into the local economy. We hope to have a good variety of projects to consider during this financial year and encourage the community to keep the grant in mind when planning any event or activity that can bring in visitors from outside the area."
Applications will be accepted throughout the year; however, grant funds will be available on a first-come first-serve basis until grant funds are exhausted. Applications can be picked up from and submitted to the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce office in Estherville, or they are available on the www.estherville.org website.
To be eligible for the Shout it Out grant, the application must be submitted at least 60 days prior to event to allow time for application review. Once submitted, the application will be reviewed and approved based on the quality of the project and benefit to the community. Each year only 50 percent of grant funds can be distributed to repeat projects.