Tourism Development Grant

Visit Athens County Tourism Development Grant

The Visit Athens County office is excited to offer the Tourism Development Grant program for 2024!


$30,000.00 in grant awards

$1500.00 maximum grant award

We want to encourage local agencies, event planners, and community organizations that feel they qualify for financial support from Visit Athens County to apply. We hope that this grant program will help streamline and set a foundation for our financial support systems for community projects, events, tourism assets, and tourism related campaigns. Please note that this grant program will be the primary source for requesting support funds from the Visit Athens County office. 

To be considered for a grant, non-profit attractions and organizations must complete an application for funding, or find a non-profit sponsor, which outlines the applicant’s needs for marketing, promotional and advertising assistance. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis, with primary consideration given to new or expanded events, and initiatives that attract visitors from more than 100 miles and/or attract overnight visitors to Athens County.

All applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Thursday February 29th.

A full budget must be attached along with supporting materials to outline the event, project, or program. Grants will be awarded up to $1500.00 and awards will be based on committee review. Awards will be granted in Mid March.

Reporting detailing attendance, funding usage, overnight stays, and any relevant information regarding funding will be required upon completion of the event or program if awarded a grant. 


The Grant Application 

You can access the Tourism Development Grant application below. We prefer you complete the online application. If you need to complete a printed application for mailing or office delivery, please select the PDF version. All applications will be reviewed by committee. Selections and awards will be made in March.