The Tourism Grant Program, administered by the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB) 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 of 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. The ACVB administers the grant under contract with the City of Augusta which is funded through a portion of the local hotel/motel tax. 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.
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.
The ACVB will host a workshop on the 2020 Tourism Grant Program Tuesday, September 24th at their offices located at 1010 Broad Street from 10-11:30am. Space is limited, those that are interested in attending can RSVP via e-mail to Lindsay Fruchtl at email@example.com.
The 2020 Tourism Grant Online Application will made available on or before Friday, October 4, 2019. CLICK HERE to view the 2020 Tourism Grant Guidelines. CLICK HERE to view a sample 2020 Tourism Grant Application.