The Chattanooga Tourism Co. (Tourism Co.) is proud to present the new Cultural Tourism Advancement (CTA) Grant.

Click here for the grant guidelines and here for the application.

What is the Cultural Tourism Advancement Grant?

This grant was established to support a wide range of tourism-related projects that will contribute to visitors’ positive experience of Chattanooga. Grants are awarded on the basis of merit as determined and administered by the Tourism Co. Organizations may request up 10% of their total operating budget, not to exceed $50,000. 


The Tourism Co. developed this grant and designates funds annually to support several objectives identified in our strategic plan: 1) increase brand awareness for Chattanooga and Hamilton County, 2) drive visitor demand, and 3) develop visitor experiences.  

Grant funds consist of public dollars generated by visitors to Hamilton County who spend the night in our accommodations. These funds must be used to support the Tourism Co.’s mission of promoting and developing visitor experiences to enhance the economic and social prosperity of Hamilton County.  

Who May Apply?

Applications are accepted from non-profit, non-governmental organizations, and for-profit businesses that demonstrate the ability to complete the proposed event or activity. Businesses and organizations must also have been in operation for more than two years. The grant program is designed to encourage wide participation and innovative proposals. Potential grants can be cultural, educational, recreational, or artistic in nature. 

Info Session

Join our info session and Q&A on Tuesday, June 15 at 11:30am to learn more about the grant and ask questions. Register here.


  • June 9 | Applications and guidelines available on the website and sent to partners  
  • June 15 | Info Session
  • July 9 | Application due date 
  • July 26 | Awardees are notified 
  • August 2 | Signed contracts due 


For full grant guidelines, including examples of weak and strong proposals, click here.

Become a Partner

To apply for the CTA grant, you must be a partner of Chattanooga Tourism Co. There is no fee associated with becoming a partner. Sign up here


Click here to apply.  Applicants may be asked to provide additional information during the screening process. Please note that the online grant form will not automatically save your changes until you submit on the last page. We recommend working in a Word document so you can save your responses and only copying and pasting when you're ready to submit the application. Once submitted, you will receive an email within a few minutes confirming your application has been received.  


Please don't hesitate to reach out to us with any questions: