For immediate release: July 14, 2022
Leon County Accepting Tourism Grant Applications for Signature, Special & Sports Events
In its ongoing efforts to promote tourism and financially support events that have a history of or show potential to attract out-of-town visitors to the area, the Leon County Division of Tourism (Visit Tallahassee) grant application process for the 2022-23 Signature/Emerging Signature, Special and Sports Events Grant is now open and accepting applications through Aug. 12, 2022.
Eligible event(s) must take place between Oct. 1, 2022, and Sept. 30, 2023, and are required to comply with Section 125.0104, Florida Statutes for the utilization of Tourist Development Tax funds. Event grant applications are evaluated based on the potential to draw overnight visitors, interest to the general public, the ability to demonstrate out of area marketing activities, scheduled programming/activities with visitor appeal and the timing for the event to be held. Event funding levels are determined by the anticipated number of hotel room nights/overnight lodging in Leon County generated by the event.
All grant applicants are required to attend one of three workshops scheduled for July 26 at 3 p.m., Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. and Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. The workshops will take place in-person at the Leon County Facilities Management Building located at 1907 S. Monroe St. and will include an option for participants to attend virtually. Following the Aug. 8 workshop, a recording of the workshop will be made available on the Visit Tallahassee website. Workshops will include:
- An overview of the online grant application portal
- An explanation of the statutory requirements of the funding
- Available funding and schedule of funding levels (based on room nights)
- The grant review process and scoring criteria
Applications are due by Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, at 5 p.m. The Leon County Tourist Development Council (TDC) Grant Review Committee reviews and evaluates applications and submits recommendations to the TDC for approval.
For more information on the Leon County Tourism Grant Program, click here or contact Katie Kole at 850-606-2324 or Katie.Kole@VisitTallahassee.com.
About The Leon County Division of Tourism/Visit Tallahassee: The Leon County Division of Tourism (Visit Tallahassee) is the official destination marketing organization for Tallahassee-Leon County and is charged with marketing Tallahassee-Leon County nationally as a premier leisure, business and sports destination through direct sales, advertising, public relations, sports and visitor services. In 2021, Tallahassee-Leon County welcomed 1.7 million visitors who contributed $883 million in economic impact who supported for more than 12,868 people employed in the tourism & hospitality industry our community. For more information, go to VisitTallahassee.com or call toll free (800) 628-2866. Engage with Visit Tallahassee on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #iHeartTally and #Trailahassee.