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Tourism Enhancement Grant

Grants to Tennessee Local Governments
to Promote Local Tourism Industries

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Tennessee Department of Tourist Development (TDTD)

Deadline Date:

01/31/18 4:00 PM CST


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Grants of up to $75,000 to Tennessee city and county governments to help communities promote tourism. As tourism is a critical economic driver in the state, this program assists in the improvement of tourism-related assets and seeks to increase the economic impact of the tourism industry.

This is the third round of this grant. A few examples of projects funded in Rounds 1 & 2 include stage and boat ramp improvements, tourism asset plans, electrical and sound system upgrades for tourism venues, and restroom facilities.

Technically, funding may be requested to make improvements to a city or county-owned golf course, ball field, or tennis court. However, the applicant is responsible for showing how it would increase tourism revenues in the community, such as hosting tournaments that bring in tourists.

Lighting and sound equipment is eligible. Again, the applicant must show how it would increase tourism revenues in the community.

It is up to the community to determine if ADA requirements apply for their individual projects. It is a good idea to ensure that all projects are accessible to people with disabilities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182752

Number of Grants:

Approximately 25-30 grants will be awarded. There may be more depending on how many apply for the full amount of funding.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are up to $75,000.

As long as you do not request more than $75,000, you can propose multiple projects in multiple parts of the county.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The grantee must be city or county government.

Grantees from Rounds 1 and/or 2 must have prior Tourism Enhancement Grant contracts completely CLOSED officially to be eligible for Round 3 application.

For an individual city in a county to be eligible for Round 3 application, the grantee(s) from Rounds 1 and/or 2 in the same county the city is located must be completely closed out.

Funds may not be used to purchase land.

Restrictions on Construction:
This grant is not for construction. This funding is intended to further develop tourism assets in your community. If you already have a festival and need to make improvements to a stage or build a gazebo, that would be eligible. If you have an historic building that needs repairs or accessibility improvements, that would be eligible. If you need to add bathrooms to a venue so that it could be used more frequently, that would be eligible. Building a new visitor center or a completely new structure would likely not be eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Matching funds are required.

To access the application, complete the electronic form found on the "Grant Application" tab.

No more than one application will be accepted from each county. The community must work together to determine which project would have the most impact and be bested suited for the grant funding. If more than one application is submitted, they will all be returned for the community to select the one to be scored.

-December 13, 2017: Application Available
-January 31, 2018: Applications due at 4:00 PM CST
-February - March 2018: Application Review Period
-March 2018: Announcements Made

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Melanie Beauchamp

Jennie McCabe

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Tennessee