NEW! Special Projects Grant Program 2015-2016


The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor and Convention Bureau offers a Special Projects Grant Program for planners of events or projects marketed to attract overnight stays to Santa Maria. Deadline: Letters to be received by the 5 p.m. on the first Friday of May or November. First-time event sponsorships can be submitted at any time. Checks usually mailed out within 2 months, so please plan accordingly.

Formal letter of request for the sponsorship – must include pertinent details, such as:

  • – Date(s) of the event
  • – Start time/end time
  • – Admission cost
  • – Complete contact information for the event or project (will be posted publicly)
  • – Overview of your Promotional Plan: How will you market the event or project to boost overnight stays in Santa Maria? Which cities or areas will you be targeting? How will you spend your advertising dollars? (pricing needed for print ads, online ads, brochures, posters)
  • – Outline the ways the Chamber will be recognized for its sponsorship


  • – The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce will be named a sponsor of your event/project
  • – The event/project must be held in the Santa Maria Valley
  • – Events held in the downtown area and/or during the offseason of November-April, receive preference
  • – Event/project must be marketed to bring in overnight stays to the Santa Maria Valley
  • – Monies must be used for: marketing, graphic design, printing, radio/print/online advertising or tournament fees. Funding is not to be used for giveaways or prizes for your event


  • – Planner must be a current Chamber member
  • – Must work with our Chamber Member Hotels
  • – Must provide a reciprocal link from your website to the Chamber’s website
  • – Submit one request for an event or project, per application
  • – Post-Event, submit receipts and copies of ads, bulk mail paperwork, printing invoices/receipts, etc.

Please submit one application per event or project, electronically, to: Questions: or call (805) 925-2403, ext. 814