North America's Premier International Resort Community

Town of Vail Community Grants

During each annual budget cycle, Town Council reviews applications along with staff recommendations for grant requests submitted by the June 30 deadline.

The grant applications are organized by categories to simplify the process and establish parameters around the protection of iconic events. Criteria for submission are explained in the links below:


Event funding applications for Commission on Special Events (CSE) are due Sept. 25, 2017. Event Funding Application Information


Grant Categories


Signature Events:

Signature Events represent events and programs that have been built by solid organizations over a period of time and enjoy national and international recognition for excellence.  These events represent the Vail brand at the highest level and the loss of any one of them would have a negative effect.  The customer base includes a significant portion of destination guests and economic impact to the town is profound.  Example of these events and programs would include Bravo!;, Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships, Vail International Dance Festival and Vail Jazz Festival.  Funding of this category is allocated outside of the CSE annual budget; however the results will be reported to the Commission on Special Events as part of the standard recap process and will also be presented to Town Council.

Destination Events:

This category represents events and programs that provide the town an opportunity for new or one-time major events such as the US Pro Challenge, and the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships. While funding will be allocated outside of the Commission on Special Event’s budget, event results will be reported to the CSE as part of the standard recap process and will also be presented to Town Council.  The funding for this category will not be automatic each year, but major events and/or programs with the potential to build the Vail brand even further and have a significant impact on the town’s economy will be considered on an individual basis. Signature events are able to apply for funding from this category with a new opportunity that fits this criteria. 



This category funds an aspect of services/expertise that the town does not already provide, supports the TOV physical plant and is appropriate for governmental support.  Examples of this category include support of TV5, Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and Eagle Valley Childcare.  The town does not require an annual application to be filled out for ongoing operating support of established service providers, which will be included in the annual budget at a set level each year.


In-kind Requests:

Annual in-kind funding allocations such as ice time at Dobson Arena, use of Donovan Pavilion/Grand View, parking passes/coupons and public works or police department services will be subject to staff-level approval.  The town does require an annual application to be filled out for transparency and tracking purposes.

Contact Info

Kathleen Halloran
Finance Director

Jacque M. Lovato
Accounting Manager

Johannah Richards
Sales Tax Manager