Grant Funding Now Available For Local Community Events

Posted on: February 20, 2018

Whether they’re held on city streets or under a natural canopy of forest trees, Ocala/Marion County is home to a unique slate of vibrant community events that attract both residents and visitors alike. Those events – and new ones currently in the planning phases – may be eligible for financial support through a program offered through the Ocala/Marion County Visitors and Convention Bureau. The Community Event Funding Program offers assistance of up to $5,000 to help local organizations promote events that provide community-based recreation for residents and visitors in Marion County. Interested agencies should submit applications for funding by April 15. 

The Community Event Funding Program, approved by the Marion County Board of County Commissioners on Jan. 17, 2017, provides start-up funding for organizations to develop events and become self-sufficient for future promotional funding. The Tourist Development Council created the program to increase the number of events for residents and visitors to enjoy, encourage local and visitor spending and enhance the overall Ocala/Marion County experience.

Applications for 2018 event funding must be submitted by April 15, 2018, and funding is awarded based on a competitive reward system. Community Event Funding Program applications will be accepted annually from Feb. 1 to April 15. For more information and program requirements, visit, or call 352-438-2800 to schedule an appointment with a staff member.

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