JOPLIN, MO.--- The Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau is hoping a new grant program will help encourage the growth of small events. Up to $5,000 will be awarded each quarter of the fiscal year. The goal is to help boost small startups with the potential to attract visitors to the metro area. The funding cycle starts on November 1st, so those wanting to apply have just over a month to turn in the paperwork.
"Little bit smaller events, more grassroots events that are just now starting, getting their feet off the ground. So those are available every quarter to put out there, to make up a total of 20,000 for the year," said Patrick Tuttle, Joplin CVB Director.
The money comes from the Joplin Lodging Tax and is similar to the larger special events grant, which helps with established projects like Photo Spiva and Dickens Fest.
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