Vail’s commission accepting applications for special event funding through Sept. 24 |

Vail’s commission accepting applications for special event funding through Sept. 24

VAIL — The town of Vail Commission on Special Events is currently accepting funding requests from special event producers for 2019 events occurring in Vail. The request for proposals application, guidelines and accompanying information are available for submission online at

The Commission on Special Events utilized the town council mission and vision and research results provided by the Vail Local Marketing District and RRC Associates to develop special event-rating criteria. These criteria will be used to evaluate all proposals on how they align with the Vail brand and exceed the expectations of a sophisticated, international clientele and the local community.

Producers will self-select one of two categories when submitting, each with its own criteria and scorecards. Community, recreational and cultural events are measured primarily with respect to how well they will drive overnight destination visitation. Educational and enrichment events are evaluated by how they contribute to lifelong learning, a sense of well being and enhanced quality of life.

In 2018, the Commission on Special Events provided nearly $1 million in sponsorship funding for 41 events in Vail, including the GoPro Mountain Games, Vail Summer Bluegrass Series, Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show, Gourmet on Gore, Snow Daze, Vail America Days, Vail Arts Festival, Vail Craft Beer Classic, Taste of Vail, Vail Oktoberfest, Vail Lacrosse Shootout, Kids Adventure Games, Pink Vail and Spring Back to Vail.

All funds are allocated to the Commission on Special Events by the Vail Town Council and come from the general fund and monies generated annually by Vail business license fees.

Event funding submissions are due no later than 11 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, when the online portal will close. The Commission will review qualifying applications at a special meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The Commission will determine final funding allocations at a special meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

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