The Tourism Grant Program, administered by the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB) provides funds for marketing and other qualified expenses directed towards increasing the number of overnight visitors to Augusta from outside the metropolitan area.
The grant is made possible as a result of the 1998 increase in the local hotel/motel tax. The City of Augusta and the ACVB designate a portion of this tax to the Tourism Grant in order to promote activities, attraction and special events, thereby fostering local economic development and creating economic impact through tourism.
The ACVB administers the grant under contract with the City of Augusta. Grants are reviewed by the Tourism Grant Committee, which is comprised of the Mayor Pro Tem two commissioners and four members of the ACVB Board of Directors.
Qualifying programs and events include:
- Entities, defined as attractions, associations, organizations or governmental or quasi-governmental agencies which promote their products and/or services to visitors from outside the area.
- Festivals, defined as 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 a common cultural form, theme or vision.
Grant applications are made available in September for the following year’s funds.
Applications for the 2015 Tourism Grant are not yet available. The deadline to submit applications for 2014 was Friday, October 25, 2013. For questions regarding the Tourism Grant Program please contact the Marketing Communications Team at 706-823-6600.