Event Partnership Grant

The Explore Sioux City Partner Event Sponsor Program are competitive matching reimbursement grants that promote the development and growth of overnight tourism in the Siouxland Region by fostering and funding marketing efforts of events, sporting events, programs and projects. The Explore Sioux City Partner Event Sponsor Program was established to enhance the economic impact of tourism in the Siouxland region. The program is designed to assist an organization in event operations or event marketing. Priority will be given to distinctive and creative projects or events that support the goals and mission of Explore Sioux City.

Mission and Goals

Explore Sioux City is the official destination marketing organization for the tri-state area of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. We work to showcase our communities for visitors and residents as they explore everything Siouxland has to offer.

The Partner Event Sponsorship funds should support events that:

  • Demonstrate a measurable community or economic benefit;
  • Enhance Siouxland’s character and reputation for tourist activities;
  • Attract new events or strengthen existing events marketing abilities;
  • Generate additional transient guest tax for partner hotels and sales tax for the community.

Policies and Procedures

Tourism Grants are available to any organization marketing their project/event to attract visitors to the Siouxland area. Qualifying projects must meet the following criteria: 

  • Maximum grant award shall not exceed $10,000. Organizations are limited to one grant per award cycle. 
  • Preference will be given to marketing that is geared towards overnight room stays. 
  • Applicant will be notified of grant award via letter or email. 
  • An itemized project budget is required to be submitted with grant application.

Application Process

The application must be completed in full. If more space is needed, please attach additional pages or documents to the application. All applications must be mailed or delivered to:

Kristi Franz, Executive Director
Explore Sioux City
PO Box 2656
Sioux City, IA 51106

The Explore Sioux City Partner Grant Committee will review applications and determine eligibility. All awards are subject to scoring criteria and available funding.