The City of Athens is now accepting applications for the Tourism Development Grant for the upcoming fiscal year to solicit funding opportunities for tourism promotion. This grant is specifically designed to help fund projects that attract overnight visitors to Athens and is open to eligible organizations located within the Athens city limits or its vicinity.

According to State law, revenues from the Hotel Occupancy Tax must be used to support activities that promote tourism and demonstrate a positive benefit to the local hotel industry. In addition, project requests must fit within one of nine statutorily required categories. Some of these categories include, promotion of the arts, historic restoration and preservation, and tourism advertising and promotion.

The City will accept applications for funding considerations until 5 p.m. on Monday, July 29, 2019.  Application packets are available through the City of Athens website ( or in-person at City Hall, located at 508 E Tyler Street and Development Services Center, located at 501 US- 175 BUS. Applications will be reviewed by City Staff and the Cultural Resources Commission on  August 6, 2019, and recommendations for funding awards will be discussed with Council on August 9th during the Budget Workshop.

Organizations interested in applying for Hotel Occupancy Tax funds are encouraged to contact Katie Birk, Tourism and Cultural Resources Coordinator at 903-677-5943 or via email at