Visit Loudoun is accepting applications through June 21, 2019 for its FY20 Sports Tournament Grant Reimbursement Program, which offers a total of $50,000 in grant funding to eligible organizations that can host sporting events in Loudoun. 

This program extends the reach of the industry and was designed to support bids on sports tournaments. It is open to parks and recreation departments as well as sports organizations that are able to promote and host tournaments commencing after August 1, 2019.           

Sports tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors in the global travel industry. In 2016, the amateur sports tourism industry contributed more than $20 million to Loudoun County’s economy, according to a study released by Visit Loudoun.

Visit Loudoun is the destination management organization for Loudoun, Va., known as DC’s Wine Country®, located 25 miles from Washington, DC. This not-for-profit organization develops and implements programs that promote tourism and travel to Loudoun and its towns, to increase visitation and generate visitor spending. The organization showcases Virginia’s culinary and heritage assets, including award-winning vineyards, horse country, scenic byways, and towns and villages steeped in history. 

 This is a competitive application process and Visit Loudoun will provide funding for tournaments that have the greatest return on investment in terms of visitor spending. 

Applications are reviewed by a volunteer committee and the Visit Loudoun Board of Directors votes on the committee’s recommendations to determine funding.

Applications are due by June 21 at 4 p.m. Additional details about the program and the application are available on Visit Loudoun’s industry page at https://www.visitloudoun.org/sports/tournament-support/Or, for more information email Visit Loudoun Director of Sales, Sports and Services Torye Hurst at hurst@visitloudoun.org