Jackson County Tourism Development Authority Announces New Grant Program

Applications now open to fund community initiatives for the 2021-2022 fiscal year

JACKSON COUNTY, N.C. (July 1, 2021) – The Jackson County Tourism Development Authority (JCTDA) announced it is now accepting applications for its new grant program, which will fund $50,000 in community initiatives this year. A committee consisting of JCTDA Board Members, community members, past grant applicants, and grant writers reviewed the grant program and made improvements, ultimately expanding eligibility, uses, and funding for this year. "In looking at the grant program, we realized our guidelines and requirements were too narrow to invite the type of projects and creative programs that will build our community and visitor experience," said JCTDA Executive Director Nick Breedlove. “The JCTDA's grant committee spent months reworking the grant program, and we’re very excited to now start accepting applications.” JCTDA grants are used to assist with promoting and supporting events and initiatives that generate overnight visits and increase tourism, along with enhancing visitors’ experiences to Jackson County.

Notable changes to this year’s program include:

• Changing focus of 'festivals/events' to 'initiatives' to broaden projects supported

• Allowing For-Profit entities to apply

• Allowing partnerships with neighboring counties

• Giving preference to public/private collaboration

• Rolling grant cycle – applications are considered on an ongoing basis (10 times a year vs. once a year)

• Providing a detailed scoring rubric to assist applicants in understanding what projects will receive the highest priority

• Removing the funding cap of $1,750 and granting application funding based on the rubric scoring

Funding comes from occupancy tax collected in Jackson County from overnight visitors. More than $115,000 in grant funds have been given out since the program began in 2013. The complete application, guidelines, and deadlines for consideration are available online at by clicking on 'Grants.' Those with questions may call the Jackson County TDA at 828-848-8711