Eight marketing grants were awarded by the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau last Thursday.

The grants were approved by a Special Grant Committee that is made up of members of the Dodge City community and totaled $11,932 to be used for projects promoting events and attractions in Dodge City.

The grants were received by Brothers of the Third Wheel Event; Central Station Street Dance Event; Dodge City Public Library, Tom Clavin Event; Ford County Fair; Kansas Pro Rodeo Finals; Dodge City Days; Boot Hill Museum 70th Anniversary Event and Women’s Ranch Rodeo World Finals.

The grants are a tool to be used to reach communities within Kansas as well as other states about the ongoing events in Dodge City.

"The marketing grants will be used to market the events for the purpose of brining visitors to town and raising awareness of events, things to do and see, and attractions in the community, with the end results being the increasing of attendance to events and attractions, increasing business for local restaurants and retailers and raising the occupancy in the local hotels," CVB director Jan Stevens said in a press release.

In February 2014, the marketing grants were formed to work in tandem with other grants such as the Mariah Funds, Main Street Festivals and Why Not Dodge.

The grant can cover up to $2,000 per project or 80 percent of the marketing cost with those applying required to use the "Get the Heck into Dodge" logo or otherwise recognize the source of the funding within the marketing project.

The grant cycle ended on April 30 and will not be available again until October 31.

According to the CVB, it is estimated that those who have been granted funds, the impact to the community has been more than $51 million from the more than $66,000 in grant money that has been awarded.

"This grant round was unique in the fact that the grant requests were in excess of the funds available, and the committee had to come up with a resourceful solution," said Stevens.

"That situation (of more requests than funds) is fairly common but what wasn’t common is that the committee decided to exercise a bit of ingenuity, and take funds from the October 2017 round and apply it to this round, so we could meet the needs of all these great projects.

"Typically we see less applications for the fall round than the spring, so we thought we might move some of the funds to the spring and have less funds for the fall. We calculated the funds to meet the yearly budget that we allowed.

"The total grant dollars available for the year is $20,000 so in the fall, there will be $8,068 to grant instead of the usual $10,000.

"The committee felt it was a win-win for all involved. We did have to reduce nearly all of the awards by a few dollars, but felt it was a solution that would work."

For more information visit the CVB website at visitdodgecity.org or call 620-225-8191.