Town of Vail Special Events Commission Accepting Applications for 2017 Special Events Funding

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The Town of Vail Commission on Special Events (CSE) is currently accepting funding requests from special event producers for 2017 events occurring in Vail.

In 2016, the CSE provided nearly $1 million in sponsorship funding for 38 events in Vail.

The RFP, guidelines and accompanying information are available online at vailgov.com or at the Vail Municipal Building, 75 S. Frontage Road.

The Town of Vail has consistently been a leader in delivering a world-class calendar of events which grows partner brands, generates revenues and supports causes from locally to globally. The Commission on Special Events is seeking innovative and exciting proposals for Special Events throughout 2017 and beyond that support the collective vision of Vail as the world’s “Premier International Mountain Resort Community.”

The CSE, utilizing research results provided by the Vail Local Marketing District and RRC Associates, has developed special event rating criteria that will be used to evaluate all proposals with respect to how they align with a strategic approach to providing a diverse calendar of events which are well matched to the Vail brand and that exceed the expectations of a sophisticated and international clientele.

Producers will self-select one of two categories when submitting an RFP. While all submittals are reviewed with a strong eye as to how well they support the Vail brand, the Community, Recreational and Cultural events are measured primarily with respect to how well they will drive destination visitation. Educational and Enrichment events are evaluated by how they contribute to life-long learning, a sense of well-being and enhanced quality of life. These categories have different criteria and scorecards tailored to the type of event.

In 2016, the CSE provided nearly $1 million in sponsorship funding for 38 events in Vail, including but not limited to the GoPro Mountain Games, Vail Summer Bluegrass Series, Vail Farmers’ Market and Art Show, Gourmet on Gore, Snow Daze, Vail America Days™, Vail Arts Festival, Vail Film Festival, Taste of Vail, Vail Oktoberfest™, Vail Lacrosse Shootout, Kids Adventure Games, Pink Vail and Spring Back to Vail. The funds are allocated to the CSE by the Vail Town Council, and come from the General Fund and monies generated annually by the Vail Business License fees. Also in 2016, the CSE allocated monies from the event budget to independently survey every event funded at $10,000 or more to have a consistent measurement of the return on the town’s investment in special events.

Event funding applications are due no later than 4 p.m. MST Monday, Oct. 3. Qualifying applications will be reviewed by the CSE at a special meeting on Wednesday, Oct.19. Final funding allocations will be determined by the CSE at a special meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Questions about the RFP should be sent via email to Laura Waniuk, Event Liaison Specialist at lwaniuk(at)vailgov(dot)com by 5 p.m. MST, Monday, August 29. An RFP amendment with all submitted questions and answers will be posted on the website on Friday, Sept. 2.

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