Jackson County Tourism Development Authority announces 2017-2018 grants available

County Funds Support Events and Activities to Drive Tourism, Economic Development

 

JACKSON COUNTY, NC (January 20, 2017) – The Jackson County Tourism Development Authority is now accepting grant applications for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

 

TDA grants are used to assist with advertising events and projects that generate overnight visits and increase tourism along with enhancing visitors’ experiences to Jackson County. Funding comes from occupancy tax collected in Jackson County that is reinvested in the local communities through the grant program.

 

Applications must be received by April 1 for consideration in the upcoming fiscal year’s budget. Copies of grant applications, guidelines and submission details are available at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce located at 773 West Main Street in Sylva and the Cashiers Area Chamber at 202 US-64 in Cashiers.

 

“We have given more than $90,000 to our partners for advertising and spreading the word about local events,” said TDA Executive Director Nick Breedlove. “These grants were created to support the community and to encourage visitation to the area through our one-of-a-kind events, so we want to encourage our partners to apply for these grants to take advantage of the funding.”

 

Applications must be received by April 1 for consideration in the upcoming fiscal year’s budget. Copies of grant applications, guidelines and submission details are available at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce at 773 West Main Street in Sylva and the Cashiers Area Chamber at 202 US-64 in Cashiers. New this year, applicants can complete the form online: http://www.DiscoverJacksonNC.com/onlinegrantapp. Applicants can also download a PDF of the form at: http://www.DiscoverJacksonNC.com/printablegrantapp.pdf

 

Last year, the TDA awarded grants to the WNC Pottery Festival, Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild, Mountain Heritage Day, Mountain Wildlife Days, GCAMA’s annual Leaf festival, Cashiers Rotary Fall Arts & Crafts Show, Greening up the Mountains, Front Streets Arts and Crafts Festival, Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries, Color Fest and the Summer Arts and Crafts Market.

Breedlove will assist groups with inquiries about the grant process, application and submission guidelines. For more information, contact him at 828-848-8711 or by e-mail Nick Breedlove This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

About Jackson County, NC

Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, Sylva, Balsam, Cullowhee, Glenville and Sapphire are the distinct locales that make up Western North Carolina's Jackson County. Each of these Blue Ridge Mountain towns provide natural beauty that invites visitors to experience the North Carolina Mountains. Jackson County is also home to the nation’s first and only fly fishing trail, The Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail. The majestic mountains harbor miles of hiking trails and waterfalls while charming downtowns are known for shopping, dining, culture, and hometown atmosphere.  For more information visit, www.DiscoverJacksonNC.com. 

 

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