House Republicans announced this week that the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is now officially accepting applications for the Tourism Enhancement Grant — grant funding available to cities and counties to enhance and create new tourism infrastructure that will help spur economic growth across the state.
For many communities across Tennessee, tourism is the most important driver in the local economy. With funding made available through the Tourism Enhancement Grant, communities have the ability to invest in key assets — from new boat docks, to park pavilions, to signage, to scenic pull-offs, to public restrooms, to a multitude of other recreational infrastructure projects.
The grant is available for up to $50,000 with a match requirement based on economic status. The grant is also eligible for up to $20,000 for cities or counties who have a desire to develop a tourism asset plan.
All interested local governments must submit their completed applications by April 18, 2016. Applications and additional information regarding the grant can be found at