The purpose of the TRT Grant program is to assist in the promotion or development of events or attractions that increase the economic impact of tourism in Union County.

  • Grants must be for Tourism Promotion or for a Tourism related facility*.
  • Activity must occur within Union County.
  • Activity must be open to the general public.
  • Requesting group or agency must be a government agency or not-for-profit organization doing business in or providing direct benefit to Union County.
  • Partnerships are favored. Projects that show cooperation or coordination with other projects or events are encouraged and will be given preference over projects that stand alone.
  • Grant recipients will be sent a report form three to six weeks after receiving the grant. The report must be filled out and returned to the Chamber within ten business days. Photos, copies of fliers or posters, promotional items, advertisements, or other evidence of project progress or completion are recommended.
  • Any publications or publicity of your project or event should include the following information:  This project is funded in part by a grant from the Union County Chamber of Commerce. Requirement does not apply to advertisements. If space is limited, requirement can be waived with advance approval by the Executive Director.

*Tourism Promotion means: advertising, publicizing, or distributing information for the purpose of attracting and welcoming tourists; conducting strategic planning and research necessary to stimulate future tourism development; operating tourism promotion agencies; and marketing special events and festivals designed to attract tourists.

*Tourism related facility means: a conference center, convention center, or visitor information center; and means other improved real property that has a useful life of 10 or more years and has a substantial purpose of supporting tourism or accommodating tourist activities.

Tourist means: a person who, for business, pleasure, recreation, or participation in events related to the arts, heritage, or culture, travels from the community in which that person is a resident to a different community that is separate, distinct from, and unrelated to the person's community of residence, and that trip: requires the person to travel more than 50 miles from the community of residence; or includes an overnight stay.