The TDAGP assists organizations located in the Ahoskie area to undertake projects that are approved under the NCGS: “The Authority shall promote travel, tourism, and conventions in the town, sponsor tourist-related events and activities in the Ahoskie area, and finance tourist-related capital projects in the town”.
The goal of the program is to
1. Encourage and promote tourism;
2. Contribute to capital development projects that create or promote tourism;
3. Promote tourist related conventions and activities.
These goals, in turn, are designed to increase the attractiveness of the Town of Ahoskie, increase tourism, and provide the impetus for further private investment or development.
The program is funded through the Occupancy Tax and each application will be reviewed and approved by the Travel and Tourism Development Authority.
Any organization or business may submit an application for consideration. Access to TDAGP will be on a first come, first served basis. If multiple applications are received and funding limited, the participants will be selected by the TDA based on the impact to the tourism industry.
Any organization or business that supports the above guidelines is considered eligible. The project must be located in the Ahoskie area and shall promote travel, tourism, conventions, sponsor tourist-related events and activities or finance tourist-related capital projects in the Ahoskie area.
Organizations or businesses requesting assistance must have a project located and impacting travel and tourism in the Ahoskie area and are open to the public.
Examples of eligible improvements include:
Examples of ineligible activities include:
The organization or business may submit an application (see attachment) at anytime during the year as long as funding is available. Along with the application, the applicant will provide a short synopsis of the project including what impact it will have on travel and or tourism.
The TDA will review the application and approve or deny funding for the application at its next regularly scheduled meeting (see above). If approved, the applicant will receive written notification from the chairperson of the TDA and may proceed with necessary planning. Project cost overruns due to miscalculations or undiscovered cost are the sole responsibility of the applicant.
The applicant is responsible for obtaining all permits associated with the event or project. Reimbursement for eligible projects will be paid to the applicant within thirty days upon presentation of project invoices.
Click here to download the Tourism Development Authority Grant Program Application.