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Grants to Georgia Nonprofits and Agencies for Projects and Events to Foster Tourism in Eligible Locations

Tourism Grant

Destination Augusta


Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #141918

Grant Description

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Grants to Georgia nonprofit organizations and government agencies for projects and events to foster tourism in eligible locations. Funding may be used for product development, promotion, and marketing of festivals, special events, and attractions that will result in increased visitation to Augusta.

The purpose of this grant program is to provide funds for marketing and other qualified expenses directed towards increasing the number of overnight visitors to Augusta from outside the area.

Programs: Qualifying entities may be attractions, associations, organizations or governmental or quasi-governmental agencies which promote their products and/or services to visitors from outside the area.

Festival/Event: A festival is a cultural event or group of events planned, produced, and promoted in a well-defined period and organized to occur at regular intervals,usually on an annual basis,all related to acommon cultural form, theme or vision

Strategic Goals and Priorities:

  • Recruit and promote meetings, events, festivals, and film productions year-round
  • Keep Augustaimproving to be the most attractive travel destination it can be
  • Foster stakeholder alignment and collaboration
  • Articulate and emotionalize Augusta's unique selling proposition

For a list of allowable expenses, see the following link: https://assets.simpleviewinc.com/simpleview/image/upload/v1/clients/augusta/2022_Tourism_Grant_Marketing_Guidelines_FINAL_780e4e4a-d2e5-4309-a84b-205b804c8953.pdf#page=4

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must fulfill all of the following:
- Be a documented not-for-profit, governmental, or quasi-governmental entity to be eligible.
- Have completed at least one year of fiscal operation as a not-for-profit organization
- An annual financial agreed upon procedures review must be conducted by the Augusta CVB’s chosen CPA firm.
- Be a partner in good standing
- No qualified entity may serve as a fiscal agent for a non-qualified entity
- Applicants must be located in Augusta and have a board of directors composed of at least one-half Augusta residents and must meet on a regular basis. Or, if it is a festival/event it must take place in Augusta.

Disallowable expenses:
- Capital expenditures
- Rent of offices,repairs, renovation and/or remodeling of facilities
- General operating or administrative expenses
- General staff or personnel costs(excluding sales and marketing staff)
- Interest or the reduction of deficits or loans
- Expenses incurred or obligated before grant project approval
- Expenditures for local food and beverage events
- Projectsrestricted to private or exclusive participation, other than certain grand and pre-opening expenses
- Scholarships or endowments
- Cash awards of any description
- Expenses not directly related to the approved program
- Activities related to any for-profit organization
- Activities or materials which violate the law

Pre-proposal Conference:

Wednesday, June 8, 2022: Tourism Grant Overview Q&A session

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Wednesday, May 25, 2022: 2022 Marketing Tourism Grant Guidelines, Application, and Co-op Opportunities go live
- Wednesday, June 8, 2022: Tourism Grant Overview Q&A session
- Wednesday, June 15, 2022: Applications Due
- Thursday, June 23, 2022: Award Notifications Target Date
- Wednesday, June 29, 2022: 2022 Tourism Grant Workshop and Contract Signing
- Friday, December 30, 2022: 2022 supporting information for financial review due to CPA firm to conduct review
- Friday, January 20, 2023 2022: Final Reports due to Destination Augusta

Contact Information:

Submit one digital copy of the application to Lindsay Fruchtl at Lindsay@visitaugusta.com.

For questions about Tourism Grant, please contact:
Lindasy Fruchtl, Vice President of Marketing
Phone: (706) 823-6606

Destination Augusta
1010 Broad Street, Augusta, GA 30901
P: (706)-724-4067

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