Tourism Grant Program

In partnership with the Gilmer County Commissioners and the Cities of Ellijay and East Ellijay, the Gilmer Chamber is accepting grant applications for local events and projects that need funding for marketing purposes. Projects or events that qualify, by law, must aim to increase the numbers of visitors and increase the economic impact of tourism. Funds are available for projects that:

  • Increase overnight lodging stays in Gilmer County.
  • Bring visitors into Gilmer County from greater than 50 miles away to shop, dine, recreate, take in arts or cultural offerings, or visit heritage sites.
  • Entice visitors to “linger longer.”

The maximum amount of a grant for a single project is $10,000; the minimum request is $500. Funding for the Gilmer County Tourism-Community Partnership Program (CPP) grants comes from transient lodging tax (TLT) paid by overnight lodging visitors. Eligible projects, which must take place within Gilmer County, must be completed by December 31, 2023.

The Chamber-administered County tourism grant program (CPP) is an opportunity for Gilmer County non-profits to access TLT funding for marketing and promotion of tourism-related events and activities.

Proposals are to be evaluated by the Chamber’s Tourism Promotion Committee, which includes Chamber leadership, representatives of both cities and the county commissioners. Evaluation is based on the following criteria: likelihood of attracting visitors (20%); ability to generate overnight stays (20%); partnerships (15%); use of additional/leveraged funds (15%); self-sustaining growth & capacity-building potential (15%); and measurable ROI (15%).

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