VisitHattiesburg Announces Second Round of Local Tourism Grant Program, Now Accepting Applications


January 30, 2020

 

VisitHATTIESBURG’s Tourism Grant Program (TGP) has reopened applications for funding consideration through Wednesday, Feb. 19. The program is a dedicated fund for sponsorship of local events, festivals, and other community programs that increase overnight travel to Hattiesburg.

The TGP began in 2018 with sponsorship of visitor-friendly events and initiatives in Hattiesburg. Entering its second year, applications for the 2020 TGP opened in October 2019 and saw tremendous response from community organizations and events. In all, 19 finalists were selected by a panel of judges in the first round to receive more than $20,000 to continue their tourism-generating projects.

“Tourism in Hattiesburg generated $292 million in visitor spending in 2018, making it a large contributor to our local economy. Not only does it return real dollars to the community when visitors spend money locally but tourism also serves as Hattiesburg’s front door to the world,” Marlo Dorsey, executive director of VisitHATTIESBURG, said. “The Tourism Grant Program enables VisitHATTIESBURG to partner with local organizations and events to bring more visitors to Hattiesburg and enhance the overall visitor experience. The judges and I look forward to seeing what HBURG’s talented leaders present.”

With an identified need in the community, VisitHattiesburg has increased funding for fiscal year 2020 and is accepting applications for a second round. To be eligible, projects must fall into one of VisitHBURG’s core strategic focus areas: grow tourism’s economic impact; communicate and amplify Hattiesburg’s story; strengthen its partner network and collaboration; or prioritize placemaking and enhance the HBURG experience.

Organizations interested in partnering during the second round of TGP must submit applications no later than Feb. 19, 2020. Submissions received after this date will not be considered.

A full list of TGP requirements and more information on VisitHATTIESBURG’s focus areas can be found at VisitHBURG.org/Hattiesburg-tourism-commission. Kristen Brock, director of programs and promotions for VisitHATTIESBURG, oversees the Tourism Grant Program and its review panel. Additional questions may be directed to Brock at 601.296.7475 or kbrock@visithburg.org.