Are you an event planner or responsible for selecting meeting locations for your business or organization? Shores & Islands Ohio wants to give you one more reason to consider our area for your next conference, convention, meeting, reunion, or sporting event.

A Conference & Event Grant is now available for quality conferences and events that generate overnight stays, create media exposure, increase area economic impact, and generate awareness that Shores & Islands Ohio is a year-round destination.

This grant is offered to any organization attracting visitors from outside the region and funding is available for marketing, promotions, and advertising expenses; and/or cost associated with ground transportation for the attendees/participants. Some restrictions do apply. Conferences and events must take place within the Shores & Islands Ohio region (Erie and Ottawa counties in Ohio) and generate a minimum of 250 room nights.

Applications for the Shores & Islands Ohio Conference & Event Grant are accepted year-round and must be completed and returned for review at least 90 days prior to the start date of the conference/event. This is a reimbursement grant and will be reviewed by a committee.

In order to receive awarded grant dollars, which will be determined within 10 days from receipt of application, the organization must adhere to guidelines and procedures as set forth in the grant application. Contracting and coordination of ground transportation along with all media placement and promotions is the responsibility of the organization/event.

“Shores & Islands Ohio is committed to attracting and developing quality conferences and events in the region, while also helping them to be a success,” says Amanda Smith Rasnick, Director of Group Accounts. “In addition to conference grants, our organization offers a number of other helpful services in hopes of encouraging organizations to hold their events in our destination.”

While there are many reasons to choose Shores & Islands Ohio, make us the easy destination choice and receive funding to support your event! Contact amanda@shoresandislands.com for more information or to request a grant application.