Message from Lee Sentell, Alabama Tourism Department Director:
On August 4th, I sent a notice of the Alabama Tourism Grant Program to tourism and festival representatives across the state. These grants are intended to promote attractions, municipalities, tourism organizations and festivals across the state. We have received strong responses from a variety of applicants, and Governor Bentley has decided to extend the application period and modify the guidelines accordingly.
Specifically, while we welcome and encourage letters of recommendation, applications will not be disqualified for not having one. If you have already submitted an application there is no need to reapply.
The deadline for applications to be postmarked or emailed will be extended to Wednesday, September 21, 2011. Final decisions will be made by September 30, 2011. Award notifications will be made during the first week of October. Recipients of Alabama Tourism Grants will be required to submit a detailed budget to the Department of Tourism along with a subsequent detailed accounting of expenditures as the funds are used.
We thank you for your work in promoting the State of Alabama and look forward to reviewing all the submitted applications.
Lee Sentell, Director
Alabama Tourism Department
(below is the original information that went out, along with a pdf document with additional details)
August 4, 2011
The Alabama Legislature, led by budget chairs Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur and Rep. Jim Barton of Mobile, and signed into law by Gov. Robert Bentley, has approved a grant program to assist attractions, municipalities, tourism organizations and festivals in bringing more tourists to Alabama.
Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis for the best potential return on investment. The program is being administered by the Alabama Tourism Department and the Alabama Historical Commission. Groups that explain how the money can be used to increase traffic can request up to $25,000. Applications require a letter of support from a local senator or representative. If the amount requested exceeds the available funds, the amounts distributed may be prorated.
Attached please find a copy of the grant guidelines and application. Additional copies are available for download at the bottom of the homepage of the website www.alabama.travel. Applications should be mailed by Sept. 1. A list of frequently asked questions is included in this package.
Thank you for in advance for your participation in this program.