Grants

VISIT FLORIDA administers the following grant programs:

Tourism Recovery Grant Program for Red Tide: An emergency grant program to assist local tourist development boards in counties affected by naturally-occurring red tide. This reimbursement grant is to assist local tourism development boards with increasing visitation once red tide has subsided through advertising (print, broadcast, digital, social media or out of home), direct mail, brochure production, website development, as well as other related projects/programs.

The affected counties include: Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, Pinellas, St Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Brevard, Indian River, Broward, and Miami-Dade.

Application period: August 17, 2018 to December 31, 2018

Tourism Recovery Grant Program for Hurricane Michael: An emergency grant program to assist local tourist development boards in the areas of the Florida Panhandle severely impacted by Hurricane Michael. This reimbursement grant is to assist local tourist development boards with increasing visitation once hurricane-damaged areas are open to visitors through advertising (print, broadcast, digital, social media or out of home), direct mail, brochure production, website development, as well as other related projects/programs.

The impacted counties include: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Taylor, Wakulla, and Washington.

Application period: December 7, 2018 to February 28, 2019

Additional Tourism Marketing Grant Programs

VISIT FLORIDA administers five (5) tourism marketing grant programs. These programs are awarded funding to applicants each fiscal year (July – June) with the marketing efforts starting on July 1 and completing on or before June 15. The funds awarded for these programs to applicants must be used for marketing purposes to promote tourism advantages of the State of Florida. All marketing efforts must include VISIT FLORIDA Grant Logo in compliance with logo guidelines. The marketing efforts cannot include VISIT FLORIDA opportunities, i.e. Welcome Center brochure distribution, VISIT FLORIDA Co-op Programs, or VISIT FLORIDA produced publications. No applicant may be considered or receive more than one grant per year for the same project or under the same grant program. VISIT FLORIDA grant programs are reimbursement grants and all expenditures must be paid in full prior to requesting reimbursement.

Advertising Matching Grants Program: Applicants must be either local government or non-profit corporation serving and located in municipalities having a population of 50,000 persons or less or in counties with an unincorporated area having a population of 200,000 persons or less as provided under Section 288.017, Florida Statutes. Applicants may not receive an award in excess of $2,500. The total annual allocation for this program shall not to exceed $40,000. All applicants must match the amount awarded with non-state dollars.

Minority Convention Grant Program: Applicants must be local governments and non-profit corporations/organizations as they attract national minority conferences and conventions to Florida provided under Section 288.124, Florida Statutes. Minority conventions are events that primarily involve minority persons, as defined in Section 288.703, who are residents or nonresidents of the state. Grant funding may not be used to subsidize existing scheduled events. No applicant may be considered for or receive more than one Minority Convention Grant per fiscal year. The total annual allocation for this program shall not exceed $40,000.

The following grants are open to VISIT FLORIDA partners only:

Small Business Grant Program: Applicants must be a VISIT FLORIDA Small Business Partner and to qualify the small business gross revenue may not exceed $1,250,000 gross income per year or the business is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Grant awards may not exceed $5,000 and must be matched by non-state dollars.

Cultural, Heritage, Rural and Nature (CHRN) Tourism Marketing Grant Program and Cultural, Heritage, Rural and Nature (CHRN) Tourism Education Grant Program: Applicants must be a VISIT FLORIDA Partner and a public entity governed by a county, municipality, school district, community college, college, university or an agency of state government, or a not-for-profit, tax exempt Florida corporation. Grant funding must be used for the promotion of Florida's cultural, heritage, rural, nature and education efforts.

CHRN Marketing Grant Program: Applicants may not receive an award in excess of $5,000 and must be matched by non-state dollars.

CHRN Education: Applicants may not receive an award in excess of Grant awards may not exceed $2,000 and does not require a match by non-state dollars.

Application period: January 3, 2019 to February 18, 2019 for Fiscal Year 2019/2020 Grant Awards


2018-2019 Grants Awarded

Red Tide Grants

Hurricane Michael Grants

Advertising Matching Grant Program

Cultural, Heritage, Rural and Nature Tourism Grant Program

Minority Convention Grant Program

Small Business Partner Grant Program

2017-2018 Grants Awarded

Advertising Matching Grant Program

Cultural, Heritage, Rural and Nature Tourism Grant Program

Minority Convention Grant Program

Small Business Partner Grant Program

For more information, contact us at grants@visitflorida.org.