Are you spearheading an initiative that will increase tourism to Clear Lake, Iowa, igniting economic growth in the region? If so, the Clear Lake Tourism Marketing Grant is here to expand your impact. Clear Lake Tourism is thrilled to continue our grant program in 2024, offering financial assistance to projects aimed at attracting visitors from outside the North Iowa area. This initiative not only supports local businesses but also enriches the cultural fabric of our beloved city.

Why Apply?

Clear Lake Tourism understands the power of collaboration and innovation in fostering a vibrant tourism industry. By applying for this grant, you gain access to vital financial resources that can turn your visionary marketing initiatives into reality. Here’s why you shouldn’t miss this opportunity:

  1. Financial Assistance: Grant awards range from $500 to $2500, providing crucial funding for your tourism-related marketing projects.
  2. Increased Reach: The grant supports projects that specifically target attendees from outside the North Iowa region, broadening your audience and maximizing tourism potential.
  3. Community Impact: Your efforts contribute directly to the economic prosperity of Clear Lake by driving tourism expenditures and supporting local businesses.
  4. Support for Innovation: Clear Lake Tourism values creativity and originality. Whether you’re planning an unconventional marketing campaign or leveraging cutting-edge technology, we’re here to support your innovative ideas.
  5. Monthly Review Process: With monthly reviews, you have multiple opportunities throughout the year to secure funding for your project, allowing for flexibility and timely implementation.

Eligibility and Guidelines

To ensure fairness and effectiveness, the grant program follows specific guidelines:

  • Projects must target visitors from outside the North Iowa area and demonstrate a clear economic impact on Clear Lake.
  • Grant awards require a 25% cash match, emphasizing a shared commitment to the project’s success.
  • Eligible expenses include advertising, printed materials, and other marketing initiatives designed to attract tourists.
  • Applicants must provide a comprehensive project summary, outlining the need for funding while also highlighting innovative qualities and sustainability.

Success Stories: 2023 Grant Award Recipients

In 2023, the Clear Lake Tourism Marketing Grant empowered a diverse array of projects, totaling an impressive $12,479.62 in funding. Each initiative demonstrated a commitment to enhancing Clear Lake’s appeal to visitors from outside the North Iowa area. Let’s take a closer look at the impactful projects supported by the grant:

  1. Ducks Unlimited, Frozen Feathers Ice Tournament ($1904.77): This thrilling ice tournament attracted outdoor enthusiasts from near and far, showcasing Clear Lake’s natural beauty and recreational opportunities during the winter.
  2. Kick USA, Karate Tournament ($680.63): The karate tournament brought together martial arts enthusiasts for a dynamic and engaging first-time event in 2023, paving the way for it’s 2nd year drawing even more participants.
  3. Big John Dart Tournament ($500): The Big John Dart Tournament welcomed participants from across the region, promoting the classic pub game and friendly competition.
  4. Happy Endings Funeral Parlor Film Shoot ($1150): This film shoot highlighted Clear Lake’s scenic backdrops and cinematic potential.
  5. Clear Lake Pickleball Club, New Courts ($5000): The creation of new pickleball courts will support the growing interest in the sport, attracting players of all ages and skill levels to Clear Lake.
  6. Clear Lake Jaycees, Paddlefest ($744.22): Paddlefest inviting kayakers and paddleboarders to explore its waters and scenic shoreline.
  7. Isle of Iowa Parrot Head Club, Island Fever Showcase ($2500): This lively concert series transported attendees to a tropical paradise, complete with island music at the Surf Ballroom and other locations throughout Clear Lake.

How to Apply

Ready to elevate your tourism initiative and contribute to Clear Lake’s prosperity? Here’s how to get started:

  1. Review the eligibility criteria and guidelines to ensure your project aligns with the grant’s objectives.
  2. Prepare a detailed project summary, emphasizing the economic impact, innovative approach, and sustainability.
  3. Complete the application form and submit it to Clear Lake Tourism for consideration.
  4. Stay engaged with the review process and be prepared to provide additional information if needed.
  5. Visit clearlakeiowa.com and complete the online application.

The Clear Lake Tourism Marketing Grant presents an incredible opportunity for individuals and organizations committed to driving tourism and economic growth in Clear Lake. By harnessing the power of creativity, collaboration, and strategic marketing, we can showcase the beauty and charm of our city to visitors far and wide. Apply today and join us in shaping the future of tourism in Clear Lake, Iowa!

For more information and to access the application form, visit Clear Lake Tourism’s website. Together, let’s unlock the full potential of Clear Lake as a top tourism destination!

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