The Washington County Tourism Grant Program is now open. Eligible applicants may apply through July 31, 2024.

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Washington County Tourism Grant Program

September 1, 2024 - August 31, 2025 | Application Deadline: July 31, 2024 at 3:00 PM

As part of the Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency’s (WCTPA) mission to provide economic development by attracting business and leisure travelers, a portion of the county’s hotel room tax is directed to support area tourism assets through the WCTPA Grant Program.  The purpose of this grant program is to increase visitation and enhance the tourism experience within Washington County.  Grants will be awarded based on merit, with a strong emphasis on the project’s ability to generate overnight stays, as determined by the WCTPA Grant Review Committee and administered through the WCTPA.

Grants will be considered for any eligible tourism-related entity located within Washington County that submits the online application (Apply Now button below) for funds to promote tourism. For-profit entities may apply for grant funding for targeted marketing programs which promote a specific event or unique activity. For-profit requests for general marketing support are beyond the scope of this grant and do not qualify. Non-profit entities may apply for grant funding for capital projects and/or marketing programs as defined and outlined below.

Marketing Programs

Marketing Program grant requests must primarily target non-Washington County residents.  A variety of eligible tourism-related programs include development of printed promotional material, image marketing, website development/enhancement, tourism awareness programs, and specialized advertising.  The Tourism Grant Program will not fund advertisements in local publications, signage or related materials in which the majority are distributed or targeted within Washington County nor within media for which the WCTPA may incorporate similar promotion. 

Capital Projects

Capital Project grants requests must enhance the visitor’s experience by developing new or enhancing existing Washington County tourist attractions or amenities.  A variety of eligible tourism-related projects include restoration or acquisition of historic or cultural exhibits, on-site signage, and physical improvement of a tourism facility. The applicant must own or have a long-term lease/easement for the property.

Application Deadline: July 31, 2024

Applications must be received by the WCTPA no later than 3:00 p.m. on July 31, 2024.  Applicants are responsible for verification that on-time submission was made with the WCTPA.  Any application received after the deadline will be disqualified. Apply online by selecting the desired grant program below.

Future Application Deadlines

Pending available funding, the next grant cycle is anticipated to occur for the period of January 1, 2025 - December 31, 2025. Applications expected to be available in October 2024.

Questions may be directed to Dana Bucci.

Dana M. Bucci Director, Finance & Tourism Administration