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TOURISM GRANT PROGRAM (FY2019)


Introduction

VisitHATTIEBURG’s mission is to actively position Hattiesburg as a year-round premier leisure and business destination in the Gulf South. Vision 2020, VisitHATTIESBURG’s strategic plan, outlines its four focus areas: grow tourism’s economic impact; communicate and amplify Hattiesburg’s story; strengthen its partner network and collaboration; prioritize placemaking and enhance the HBURG experience.


VisitHATTIESBURG’s Tourism Grant Program (TGP) is an annual allocation designed to enhance visitor and tourism promotion efforts in Hattiesburg. TGP provides funds for marketing and other qualified expenses for projects/events that fulfill VisitHATTIESBURG’S mission and, ultimately, increase overnight travel to Hattiesburg.

Qualifying Programs and Events

Eligible applicants for funding include an organization/event/project whose objective is to promote Hattiesburg’s tourism industry to out-of-town visitors by generating overnight travel and economic stimulus to the city. The target audience should be outside the immediate Hattiesburg area (over 50- mile radius or out-of-state).

Qualifying entities may be attractions, associations, organizations or governmental agencies which promote their event, products and/or services to visitors from outside the area. Qualified grant projects should be classified in one of the following categories:

  1. Festival / Event
  2. Attraction / Public Use Facility:
    • Museums, historical buildings, meeting space, sporting facilities, etc.
  3. Other organizations/associations with a primary objective of promoting tourism in Hattiesburg


More qualification details available in the Eligibility Requirements PDF.

 

Download the TGP Eligibility Requirements PDF
For questions, please contact the VisitHBURG team at info@visithburg.org. 

Download the official TGP Application
Priority deadline for FY2018-19 is Oct. 15, 2018. 

Download the Final Report PDF
Only applies to those awarded a VisitHBURG Tourism Grant. Deadline for reporting is Sept. 30, 2019.