Event Development Program

The Charlotte County Tourism Event Development Program (EDP) provides reimbursable funding to assist in the development of new events, occurring in low or shoulder seasons which promote Charlotte County as a tourist destination.  The primary objective of this program is to promote tourism and attract overnight visitors to Charlotte County. Funds received pursuant to the Event Development Program may only be used for the purposes authorized in Section 125.0104(5) of the Florida Statutes and specified in the guidelines. 

The Program is administered through the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB). 

Applicants must substantiate the potential to draw overnight visitors to the area with a regional marketing plan. In addition, applicants must be able to project a number of overnight visitors staying in Charlotte County accommodations and provide information on how they arrived at that projection (ex. Hotel partnerships).

The deadline for applications is February 22, 2024.

To request or submit an application, email Brynja.Phipps@PureFlorida.com.

To learn more about the program, please review the following EDP Guidelines & Application.