Elite Events are a major driver of tourism to the area for both locals and visitors, benefiting both Pinellas County and the event owners. To continue promoting tourism and funding events, the Pinellas County Board of County Commission developed this Elite Events Funding Program.

Please be advised that while we intend to proceed, given the current, ever-evolving COVID-19 situation, the current Elite Event Funding cycle may be delayed, postponed or canceled, in whole or in part, so plan accordingly. 

Any questions regarding the program should be sent to [email protected].

FY20-21 Program Timeline (Timeline is tentative)

  • Wednesday, April 1, 2020
    • FY21 Application process begins
  • Friday, May 1, 2020
    • Application deadline
    • Time: 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 7, 2020
    • TDC Committee review meeting
    • Time: 9:00 a.m.
    • Location: Virtual
    • Committee Members: Pat Gerard (chair), Julie Bujalski, Cookie Kennedy, Russ Kimball, Trisha Rodriguez, Tony Satterfield
  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020
    • TDC meeting to review and approve committee's recommendations
    • Time: 9:00 a.m.
    • Location: Virtual
  • Thursday, September 10, 2020
    • BCC Meeting to review and approve TDC recommendations
    • Time: 2:00 p.m.
    • Location: Virtual
  • Post-Event Report & Invoice Processing
    • Post-Event Report & Invoice
    • Due: Fully completed and signed report due within 45 days following conclusion of event.
    • Payment: Funding will be paid in a lump sum on a post-event basis only.

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