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Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund workshop is Sept. 26

Applications for 2009-10 fiscal year funding are due Oct. 15

Organizations interested in applying for reimbursable grants from the City of Kansas City, Mo., Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund are invited to attend the annual informational workshop. The workshop is from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Sept. 26 at the Water Services Department administrative building, 4800 E. 63rd St.

A 30-minute presentation about the program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and a question and answer session will follow. Application packets will be available at this workshop.

Workshop topics include:

-- Purpose of the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund
-- New online application options
-- Eligibility requirements
-- Documentation required for consideration
-- Tips on preparing successful applications
-- Contract compliance
-- Reimbursement process.

Eligible activities must be cultural, social, ethnic, historic, educational or recreational. Eligible organizations must meet these qualifications:

-- Is a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Missouri
-- Has its registered office in the city limits of Kansas City, Mo.
-- Has neighborhood, community, tourism, promotion and development priorities as part of its mission
-- Meets the City's requirements for contracting with non-municipal agencies
-- Can thoroughly demonstrate it meets the program's eligibility requirements.

The application deadline for the annual consideration cycle is Oct. 15. Applications considered at this time are for events that will take place during the 2009-10 fiscal year, which begins May 1, 2009 and ends April 30, 2010. Applications are accepted year-round, however, many organizations choose to apply by Oct. 15, as more money is available for this funding cycle. The Neighborhood and Community Services Department manages the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund.

For more information about the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, call Gina Robinson, Neighborhood and Community Services Department, (816) 513-3245.

Media inquiries should be directed to Teresa L. Clark, public information officer for the Neighborhood and Community Services Department, (816) 513-3247.

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