What is the Travel and Tourism Development Authority Grant Program (TDAGP)?
The TDAGP assists organizations located in the Ahoskie area to undertake projects that are approved under the NCGS: “The Authority shall promote travel, tourism, and conventions in the town, sponsor tourist-related events and activities in the Ahoskie area, and finance tourist-related capital projects in the town”.
The goal of the program is to
1. Encourage and promote tourism;
2. Contribute to capital development projects that create or promote tourism;
3. Promote tourist related conventions and activities.
These goals, in turn, are designed to increase the attractiveness of the Town of Ahoskie, increase tourism, and provide the impetus for further private investment or development.
The program is funded through the Occupancy Tax and each application will be reviewed and approved by the Travel and Tourism Development Authority.
How does the Program Work?
Any organization or business may submit an application for consideration. Access to TDAGP will be on a first come, first served basis. If multiple applications are received and funding limited, the participants will be selected by the TDA based on the impact to the tourism industry.
Who can Apply for Funding?
Any organization or business that supports the above guidelines is considered eligible. The project must be located in the Ahoskie area and shall promote travel, tourism, conventions, sponsor tourist-related events and activities or finance tourist-related capital projects in the Ahoskie area.
What Type of Projects are Eligible for Funding?
Organizations or businesses requesting assistance must have a project located and impacting travel and tourism in the Ahoskie area and are open to the public.
Examples of eligible improvements include:
- Festivals and musical entertainment
- Sporting events
- Outdoor theaters
- Other activities and events that draw tourist to the local area
- Brochures that promote the local area
Examples of ineligible activities include:
- Brochures that promote individual private events and are not open to the public
- Any events not open to the public
How does the Application Process Work?
The organization or business may submit an application (see attachment) at anytime during the year as long as funding is available. Along with the application, the applicant will provide a short synopsis of the project including what impact it will have on travel and or tourism.
- TDA Meeting Schedule: (1st Thursday)
- Applications must be received by the Chairman of the TDA (G. Brien Lassiter) no later than the 15th of the month prior to scheduled meeting date. For example the meeting scheduled for April 3, 2008 the deadline for applications would be March 15, 2008.
The TDA will review the application and approve or deny funding for the application at its next regularly scheduled meeting (see above). If approved, the applicant will receive written notification from the chairperson of the TDA and may proceed with necessary planning. Project cost overruns due to miscalculations or undiscovered cost are the sole responsibility of the applicant.
What Happens after a Project is Selected for Funding?
The applicant is responsible for obtaining all permits associated with the event or project. Reimbursement for eligible projects will be paid to the applicant within thirty days upon presentation of project invoices.