Tourism Development Fund Grant Applications Available & Workshops Scheduled
Applications for the next round of Tourism Development Fund (TDF) Grants are now available online.
The TDF application process consists of two phases. The first phase, open now, is due Friday, March 13, 2020. This phase establishes eligibility before inviting applicants to participate in phase II in April. Qualified applicants then complete the Phase II application and present their proposed projects to the Tourism Development Grant Review Committee in June.
Differing from the previous grant cycle, the FY21 application process is now fully online creating a more user-friendly experience for the parties involved. Applicants can save their progress and easily upload attachments as necessary.
The purpose of the TDF is to increase patronage to restaurants, attractions, hotels, and events in the City of Williamsburg through financial assistance and reinvestment in tourism products, place-making projects, and public-private partnerships. City Council adopted its TDF policy on August 10, 2017, revised it on February 14, 2019 to recognize the creation of the Williamsburg Tourism Council and its mission to market the area for tourism, and appointed members of the Tourism Development Grant Review Committee in January 2019. The TDF is funded through the half of the 1% sales tax increase that is collected in the city, as set by Senate Bill 942 (2018). The other half of the 1% sales tax is allocated to the Williamsburg Tourism Council to market the Williamsburg region to visitors.
The first grant cycle completed in November 2019 when City Council approved seven grant recommendations.
Two TDF Grant “Open House” Workshops Scheduled for Potential Applicants
The Economic Development Department and the Tourism Development Grant Review Committee will host two “open house” workshops where potential applicants are invited to stop by and ask questions about proposed projects or the application process. The workshops are scheduled for Friday, February 14, 12:00 to 2:00 PM, in room 128 of the Stryker Center (412 N. Boundary Street) and Thursday, February 20, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, at Copper Fox Distillery (901 Capitol Landing Road).
“If you are considering applying for a TDF grant, but are unable to attend one of our workshops, we are happy to speak with your group or organization directly,” says Tourism Development Specialist Joanna Skrabala. “Just call our office at (757) 220-6129 and we can walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have about the fund.”