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City of West Plains accepting tourism grant applications


The city of West Plains is now taking applications for the Community Development Grant Program.

The grant program uses funds from the city’s Hotel/Motel Tax to promote tourism and economic development in West Plains. Any event, organization or stand-alone project with an objective to promote tourism and economic development in West Plains is eligible to apply. Events or projects must be completed between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2023.

The Tourism Advisory Council will review applications and make recommendations to the city council for grant awards. 

Grant proposals will be received until 4 p.m. Nov. 1. City officials anticipate the Tourism Advisory Council will vote to make their recommendations to city council at its November meeting and the final vote will take place at the December city council meeting.

Funding should be available Jan. 1. All grant spending must occur before the end of the fiscal year, Dec. 31, 2023.

Grant applications are available at www.explorewestplains.com. Click on the link at the bottom of the homepage.

Completed applications can be emailed to melissa.wharton@westplains.gov or dropped off or mailed to the Ozark Heritage Welcome Center located at 2999 Porter Wagoner Blvd. The center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  weekdays.

For more information, contact Melissa Wharton, tourism coordinator, at 417-256-8835.

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