The Tourism Grant Program, administered by Destination Augusta provides funding to assist with tourism marketing, promotion, tourism product development, attractions, special events, and festivals that will foster local economic impact through tourism ultimately resulting in increased visitation from outside the Augusta area and higher destination appeal.
The grant is made possible as a result of the 1998 increase in the local hotel/motel tax. Destination Augusta administers the grant under contract with the City of Augusta which is funded through a portion of the local lodging tax. Grants are reviewed by the Tourism Grant Committee, which is comprised of the Mayor Pro Tem, two commissioners, and four members of Destination Augusta's Board of Directors.
The Tourism Product Development Committee, which is comprised of the same members as the Tourism Grant Committee, are authorized to use up to twenty-five percent (25%) of the tourism grant funds for the purpose of developing new tourism products and enhanced experiences designed to attract visitors to Augusta.
Applicants must be a documented not-for-profit, governmental or quasi-governmental entity to be eligible.
CLICK HERE to view the 2023 Tourism Marketing Grant Guidelines
CLICK HERE to view the 2023 Tourism Marketing Grant Application
For questions about Tourism Grant, please contact:
Lindsay Fruchtl Vice President of Marketing & Communications
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