Grants available to help promote Davie tourism

Published 1:34 pm Tuesday, January 23, 2024

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

Davie Chamber President Caroline Moser and Mocksville Director of Marketing and Community Development Jennifer Evens want to ensure that applicants understand that they can apply for grants from both organizations.

“Both the Davie County and Mocksville Tourism grants are perfect for those trying to bring more life to town with their events. This will also help enhance economic gains for the county and the town,” said Evens.

The Davie Chamber promotes the community through county-wide tourism initiatives and the Discover Davie County website and is home to the Davie County Visitor Cente 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 County’s tourism attractions, assets, and potential tourism sites; and to encourage the economic development of Davie County through travel and tourism. The advisory board is comprised of Davie County business leaders who provide experience and support.

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

“We are so excited to hear your ideas and see if we can assist in any way for financial support,” Evens said. “Our goal is to drive more visitors downtown and meet new people. There is so much to enjoy here in Downtown Mocksville. “

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 County Tourism or Mocksville Tourism grant supported 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.

Any organization wishing to request funding support from Davie Tourism must complete and submit the online Special Projects/Events Funding Request form found on the tourism website, discoverdaviecounty.com, by 5 p.m. on Feb. 29. All applications must be completed online. No handwritten or emailed applications will be allowed.

Contact the Chamber at 336-751-3304.

Any organization wishing to request funding support from Mocksville Tourism must complete the Special Project Funding Request Form and the Budget Form found on the Town of Mocksville website. Applications are available to complete online, or you may download and print a hard copy to submit. These forms must be submitted to Mocksville Tourism no later than  5 p.m. pm April 26. Applications received after the grant cycle is closed may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis or will be considered the following fiscal year.

For more information, contact Evens at 336-753-6705 or jtevens@mocksvillenc.gov.