It is a priority of the TCTDA to show the positive impact that tourism has on our community and provide examples tofuture applicants of the types of projects the TCTDA supports. The TCTDA must receive appropriate partnership credit on ads, promotional material and press releases, and recipients are encouraged to acknowledge TCTDA support at every possible opportunity. The name "Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority" should be used. If necessary due to space limitations, "Transylvania County Tourism" is acceptable. A digital version of the TCTDA's organizational logo will be shared with approval of funding.
By completing this application, the applicant acknowledges it will provide the following reporting to the TCTDA. Failure to do so disqualifies the applicant from future funding considerations.
- A 250-word quarterly progress report sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In-person updates as needed.
- A Project Evaluation Report (PER) must be submitted within 30 days of the conclusion of the project. The applicant must maintain records of expenditures made with TCTDA funding and include a financial report of those expenditures in the PER. Additional financial reporting may be required for funding of $5,000 or more.
Submitting an Application
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Requests must be received at least 45 days in advance of deadlines for marketing materials to promote the project so the TCTDA may be included. Requests should not be made last-minute and may not be funded due to insufficient time. As a reminder, projects must be shovel-ready, with full or substantial completion within one year of the application date.
Links to application forms can be found below. Applications should be submitted via the online form. If necessary, answers to each question can be typed on a separate page with corresponding numbers indicated. Handwritten applications will not be accepted.
Applicants requesting funding of $4,999 or less will typically receive an official answer within 30 days. Requests for $5,000 or more may take longer and could require an in-person presentation.
All requests will be reviewed in a fair and ethical manner by the TCTDA Board of Directors or one of the TCTDA's designated committees based on the parameters outlined in this document. The number of requests received by the organization and the level of available funding may impact final decisions. All elements of TCTDA funding opportunities are managed at the sole discretion of the Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority, including the application review process and all subsequent funding decisions. All decisions of the TCTDA are final.
Note that the application and any other information submitted before or after the review process is considered public record.