Those interested in applying for Haywood County Tourism Development Authority grants must attend a mandatory partnership funding workshop at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Feb. 27 at the TDA Office/Visitor Center located at 1110 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. RSVP’s are requested as seating is limited.
Applications for 1% funding must be submitted to the TDA Office by 5 p.m., Friday March 31. Applications for 3% funding must be in by 5 p.m. Thursday, April 9.
Haywood County collects a 4% occupancy tax on paid overnight accommodations, levied on lodging customers. Of that, 3% of the taxes collected go directly to the TDA to market the county as a tourist destination.
The remaining 1% is used for the zip code area where it was collected. The funds are available for use from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.
The Haywood County Commissioners have appointed three-person subcommittees in each zip code area to review applications and make funding recommendations for the HCTDA board’s final approval.
The purpose of 1% zip code funding is to creaate or expand programs and special events that showcase the unique character of Haywood County and attract visitors from beyond a 50-mile radius (those more likely to stay overnight).
Partnership funding is available for promotional and tourism related projects and events. Not-for-profit and for-profit organizations may apply. For-profit organizations must match the award dollar-for-dollar.
Funding guidelines and applications can be found online www.haywoodtda.com beginning Feb. 27.
For more information, contact the HCTDA office at: 828 944-0761.