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Grants to Texas Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Groups in Eligible Areas for Events That Promote Local Tourism


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USA: Texas: City of Seabrook

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Event Sponsorships

City of Seabrook - Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) Funds

Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #150198

Grant Description

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Grants to Texas nonprofit organizations, businesses, and groups in eligible areas for events and programs that are likely to increase overnight stays in local lodging facilities. Funding is intended to support events and activities that will directly promote the hotel and tourism industry in the City of Seabrook.

By the law of the State of Texas, the City of Seabrook collects a Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) from all lodging facilities located within the city limits. Revenue from the municipal hotel occupancy tax may be used only to promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry, and that use is limited to the following:  

  1. Convention Centers and Visitor Centers: The acquisition of sites for and the construction, improvement, enlarging, equipping, repairing, operation, and maintenance of convention center facilities or visitor information center or both.
  2. Registration of Convention Delegates: The furnishing of facilities, personnel, and materials for the registration of convention delegates or registrants.
  3. Advertising, Solicitation, and Promotions: Advertising and conducting solicitations and promotional programs to attract tourists and convention delegates or registrants to the municipality or its vicinity.
  4. Promotion of the Arts: The encouragement, promotion, improvement, and application of the arts; including instrumental and vocal music, dance, drama, folk art, creative writing, architecture, design and allied fields, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic and craft arts, motion pictures, radio, television, tape and sound recording, and other arts-related to the presentation, performance, execution, and exhibition of these major art forms.
  5. Historical Restoration and Preservation: Historical restoration and preservation projects or activities or advertising and conducting solicitation and promotional programs to encourage tourists and convention delegates to visit preserved historic sites, museums, or exhibits.
  6. Sporting Event Expense: Funding certain expenses, including promotional expenses, directly related to a sporting event within counties with a population under 1 million.
  7. Sporting Facilities: Enhancement or upgrading of existing sports facilities or sports fields for certain municipalities.
  8. Transportation of Tourists: Funding transportation systems for transporting tourists from hotels to and near the city to any of the following destinations:
    • The commercial center of the city; 
    • A convention center in the city; 
    • Other hotels in or near the city; 
    • Tourist attractions in or near the city
  9. Signage: Signage directing tourists to sights and attractions that are visited frequently by hotel guests in the municipality.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The City of Seabrook accepts applications from nonprofits, groups, and businesses whose programs or events fit into one or more of the listed categories.

If an event will not generate hotel activity, it is not eligible for receipt of HOT funds.

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 4, 2021
- City Staff Review and Decision: Tuesday, August 17, 2021
- Notification of Council decision: Wednesday, August 18, 2021
- Decision Appeals must be submitted in writing within sixty (60) days of the Council's decision (October 6, 2021)
- Disbursement of Funds: Begins after October 1, 2021. Prior to receiving the funds, the city must receive an invoice from the approved organization.

A group that wishes to seek funding for a first-time event after the deadline must do so 90 days prior to said event or program. This only applies to first-time events or programs. All others must meet deadline requirements for the 2021-2022 Fiscal Year.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee during a regular or special meeting held in March. Applicants will be notified prior to the meeting and are encouraged to attend and give feedback to Council. City Council will make a decision on the applicant’s request and supplemental documentation provided. If denied funding, applicants may appeal the decision, in writing within sixty (60) days of the Council’s decision. The council may revoke or change the amount allocated at any time until the FY2021/2022 Budget is adopted.

All events/programs that receive a HOT Sponsorship must complete a Special Event Permit Application at least 45 days prior to the event/program. Waivers may be given for events that do not occur within Seabrook.

Term of Contract:

2021-2022 Fiscal Year (October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022)

Contact Information:

Apply Online:

Direct questions to:
LeaAnn Dearman Petersen, Director of Communication
(281) 291.5777

Seabrook City Council Communications
1700 1st St.
Seabrook, TX 77586
Ph: (281) 291-5600
Fx: (281) 291-5690

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