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Posted on: July 13, 2022

HOT Funds Available

HOT FUNDS AVAILABLE-BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 1

Local organizations that help to bring tourism to Huntsville can apply for Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funds for 2021-22 beginning Thursday, September 1. Applicants can apply for funds from the Huntsville Arts Commission or the Tourism Advisory Board. 

Under Texas law, the City of Huntsville collects a hotel occupancy tax from hotels, bed and breakfasts, and other lodging facilities. This revenue must be used to promote tourism and the hotel industry. 

Each year, Huntsville City Council approves an amount of HOT Funds to be allocated to outside organizations. Individual organizations are then awarded an amount by the Tourism Advisory Board or Huntsville Arts Commission based on scoring criteria. The organizations are scored based on their ability to directly enhance and promote tourism and that fits in at least one of the seven categories shown below. 

The applicant’s planned use of funds must fall within at least one of the following categories: 

  • Visitor information/convention center 
  • Convention registration 
  • Advertising 
  • Promotion of the arts 
  • Historical restoration or preservation programs 
  • Promotion of a sporting event 
  • Transportation of tourists from hotels to attractions   

Applicants are required to attend one workshop prior to submitting their application. Workshops will be held at the William Hodges Education Building at the Sam Houston Statue & Visitor Center (7600 SH-75 Huntsville,TX 77340) on Tuesday, August 23rd at 12:00 p.m. and Wednesday, August 24th at 5:30 p.m. Applications must be submitted online by Friday, September 30 at 11:59 p.m. For more information, contact Tracy Rikard at trikard@huntsvillletx.gov or Sarah Faulkner at sfaulkner@huntsvilletx.gov        

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