Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund
The Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund is a reimbursement grant program, established by State law in 1989 to help promote Kansas City’s neighborhoods through cultural, social, ethnic, historic, educational and recreational activities, while promoting the city as a premier convention, visitor and tourist center. If you have questions, contact the program manager at 816-513-3237 (phone), 816-513-3201 (fax) or Venessa.Huskey@kcmo.org.
The FY 2013-2014 NTDF awards are now available.
To begin the application process, read the NTDF Eligibility Checklist to determine if your organization meets the program’s qualifications, and to learn what is expected of funding recipients.
Funding applications will not be reviewed without an approved eligibility application on file. Typically, the eligibility application is submitted and approved by program staff in advance, however, the eligibility application and the funding application can be submitted at the same time.
Neighborhood Tourist Development applications may be mailed, faxed or hand delivered to the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, 414 E. 12th Street, City Hall 4th Floor, Kansas City, Missouri, 64106. Important: applications must be received by NTDF on or before 5 p.m. of the due date.
New! Neighborhood Tourist Development applications may now be submitted online. Online applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on its due date.
Organizations interested in applying for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 reimbursable grants are strongly encouraged to attend the annual informational workshops, as some requirements have changed from last year.
Eligibility and application period
Any not-for-profit organization (including neighborhood organizations) may apply for funding if it meets the following criteria:
- is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in the State of Missouri
- has its registered office located within 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
Eligible activities may be a one-time event, a series of events, an annual event or a capital project. Non-capital events must be educational, entertainment or sports-related in scope. The Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund committee and the City Council look favorably on applications that include funding to supplement the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund request either with corporate support or funding by the organization, as well as projects that are designed to become self-sufficient and alleviate the need for continual Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund support every year.
The following are examples of eligible activities:
- music events
- art festivals
- neighborhood festivals
- homes tours
Ineligible activities include:
- ongoing activities of neighborhood organizations
- events for groups that reflect or enhance political parties
- events for candidates and office holders
- projects that request funds to be used to supplement publicly supported operating costs
- events not open to the public
- events that do not clearly appeal to local residents, tourists or visitors
Applications are accepted both for quarterly projects and annual projects; quarterly applications are due on or before the first day of the quarter (April 15, Aug. 1, Oct. 15, Jan. 15), annual applications are due on or before Oct. 15.
The NTDF Rules and Regulations contain more specifics, or you may contact the NTDF staff if you have further questions.
Upcoming NTDF-sponsored events
The Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund is a sponsor for many events throughout the year, encompassing a wide range of interests. From marathons to jazz-related events to holiday fun, NTDF has helped.
The Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund was authorized by the 85th General Assembly of the State of Missouri; Senate bills No. 295 and 312 authorized local governments to submit for voter approval a convention and tourist tax. The legislation required that not less than 10 percent of the proceeds from this increased tax would be appropriated to a Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund. Following the passage of the local convention and tourism tax, the City then passed an ordinance in 1995 establishing the rules and guidelines for the program in Kansas City.
The tourism and convention industry contributes $3.1 billion in direct expenditures to the area’s economy annually. This includes Missouri and Kansas counties in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Kansas City receives about 20.2 million U.S. visitors annually, who each participate in 1.8 activities per trip. The city’s top activities are shopping, dining, entertainment, sightseeing, cultural attractions, sports events and gaming. The Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund plays a significant role in these activities.
The program reporting forms are submitted after the event is held, as they are part of the final reimbursement process.