Apply for town, county tourism grants

Published 11:19 am Thursday, January 19, 2023

By Jeanna Baxter White

Word Master Media Group

The Davie County and Town of Mocksville tourism annual grant cycles are open for 2023 and non-profit and for-profit organizations are invited to apply.

Davie Chamber President Caroline Moser and Mocksville Community Development Director Tami Langdon want to make sure that applicants understand that they can apply for grants from both organizations.

“By applying to both Davie County and Mocksville tourism, you will gain financial leverage toward your event which enhances economic gains for the county and the Town of Mocksville, plus creates a tourism destination,” said Langdon.

The Davie Chamber promotes county-wide tourism initiatives and the Discover Davie County website and is home to the Davie County Visitor Center which is filled with free regional brochures and maps.

Moser said a large portion of the chamber’s tourism budget, funded through the county’s hotel occupancy tax, goes to support local organizations that “help make Davie County the unique place that we all know and love” through tourism grants. “Over the years we have had the opportunity to support dozens of special organizations and programs.”

Grant applications are reviewed by the Davie County Tourism Advisory Board which serves to assist with the development and marketing of Davie’s tourism attractions, assets, and potential tourism sites; and to encourage the economic development through travel and tourism. The advisory board is comprised of Davie business leaders.

Each year, Downtown Mocksville hosts concerts, outdoor movies, festivals, and special events. But the Mocksville Tourism Development Authority (MTDA) also welcomes grant proposals for special projects and events designed to attract visitors to Downtown Mocksville and Davie.

“If your event encourages folks to come to downtown and Davie County, share your idea and see if we can assist with some financial support. We want more visitors as well as our local citizens to enjoy the many amenities of our retail, restaurants, and services in Downtown Mocksville for a day, evening, or weekend,” Langdon said.    

The grants are funded through the town’s portion of the county’s hotel occupancy tax and are reviewed by the MTDA which assists with the development and marketing of Mocksville’s tourism attractions, assets, and potential tourism sites. The MTDA board is made up of a representative of the Mocksville Town Board and Davie County Tourism, as well as Mocksville business owners and leaders.

Some of the events and organizations receiving Davie tourism or Mocksville tourism grant support in the past include the RiverWalk Arts Festival, concerts at Davie County Community Park, a food truck rodeo, Cycling Davie events, Cognition Davie, the Park at Lake Louise, and RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls.

The 2023 grant cycle opened on Jan. 1. Any organization wishing to request funding support from Davie County Tourism must complete and submit the online Special Projects/Events Funding Request form by 5 p.m. on Feb. 28. All applications must be completed online. No handwritten or emailed applications will be allowed.

Contact the Chamber at 336-751-3304.

The 2023 Mocksville tourism grant cycle opened on Jan. 3. Any organization wishing to request funding support from Mocksville tourism must complete the Special Project Funding Request Form and the Budget Form on the Town of Mocksville website. Applications are available to complete online or may be downloaded to print a hard copy to submit. These forms must be submitted to no later than 5 p.m. on April 28. Applications received after the grant cycle is closed may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis or will be considered in the next grant cycle in the following fiscal year.

Ccontact Langdon at 336-753-6705 or tlangdon@mocksvillenc.gov.