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Loans & Grants

Destination Event Sponsorship Program

Loans & Grants

Destination Event Sponsorship Program

The Destination Event Sponsorship Program (DESP) is designed to offer direct financial sponsorship. Awards will be between: $250 – $1,000 (based on event attendance, impact, and need)


  • Motivate repeat visitation to Franklin County. Events are proven to be an effective way for visitors to form an emotional connection to a destination resulting in repeat visitation.
  • Increase overnight stays in Franklin County.
  • Keep Franklin County competitive with other destinations.

Program Documents

  • Available Funding
  • Eligibility
  • Application Deadline
  • Eligible Expenses
  • Funding Schedule
Available Funding

How much funding is available?

The minimum award amount is $250, the maximum award amount is $1,000.


Who can apply for funding?

Events open to the public in Franklin County are eligible to apply. Specifically events that seek to build upon historical, musical, artistic, culinary, agricultural, recreational and/or cultural traditions of Franklin County.

Application Deadline

When are applications due?

Rolling applications are reviewed as they are received.

Eligible Expenses

What are eligible expenses

  • Expenses related to the planning and implementation of the event. Including but not limited to venue fees, equipment, posters, merchandise, print ads, and digital ads.
Funding Schedule

What is the schedule for funding after the project is awarded?

Applications must be received at least 30 days prior to the event. DESP will only be awarded to events that occur within 1 year from the application.

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