The Sports Development Fund was started in 2006 as part of the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau Tourism Development Program and is made available through 1% of Columbia’s lodging tax. The tourism funds are awarded to those events, festivals and attractions that generate overnight stays in local hotels, have potential for growth and provide overall economic development.

Applications are accepted and reviewed by the CVB Advisory Board quarterly, or during January, April, July and October of each year. Applications must be received at least 120 days prior to the event start date and meet specific criteria as outlined in the application. Events are eligible for up to three years of funding and can be used for site fees, bid fees, trophies, medals, monetary awards, rights/sanction fees, and promotional materials.

Questions? Contact Julie Ausmus at the Columbia CVB at 573-441-5573.


A partial list of past events that have been granted Sports Development Funds:

Missouri Grand Prix Swimming

NAIA Volleyball National Championships

PGA Missouri Open

Go Girl Run Half Marathon & 5K

USTA Youth Tennis Tournament

Tiger Classic Youth Basketball Tournament

FY2019 Sports Development Application