Tourism Tax Grant Application
Please use the application form below to request use of Carbon County tourism tax funds. Tourism fund taxes are derived from what is commonly known as the restaurant tax, as set forth in Utah Code Annotated (U.C.A.) § 59-12-603, and the transient room tax, described in U.C.A. § 59-12-301. The purpose of transient room tax funds is to establish and promote recreation and tourism, and to acquire, lease, construct, furnish, maintain and operate convention meeting rooms, exhibit halls, visitor information centers, museums, sports and recreation facilities in Carbon County. U.C.A. 17-31-2. The purpose of the restaurant tax funds is to finance tourism promotion, and to finance the development, operation and maintenance of airports and convention, cultural, recreational, and tourist facilities.
The use of these funds will be approved by the County Commission, after the County Tourism Tax Advisory Board reviews your application and the Director of Tourism makes recommendations to the County Commission. These funds will generally not be disbursed directly to applicants, but the County Commission may direct the use of them in a way that both benefits applicants and satisfies statutory requirements. For applicants holding events that may promote tourism, funding will most likely be in the form of advertising or promotions that highlight the event together with other tourism opportunities in Carbon County. Generally, Carbon County personnel from the Office of Tourism will develop, approve, and have ultimate discretion over the content and placement of any event advertising that is approved. Applicants will be invited to provide their input. Payment will usually be made directly to the advertiser from Carbon County. To the extent possible, event promotion will be done in such a way as to also highlight other events occurring simultaneously with yours and to cross-promote other area attractions.
Past funding of an organization will not be considered as setting a precedent requiring future funding. Each year requests will be reviewed based on its own merits. Agencies, groups or individuals which have not used previously awarded funds or have not made a final report to the Tourism Tax Board, including a detailed final financial report may jeopardize their chances for new funding.
Applications must be filled out completely, including an overall budget of the organization, and the financial details for the specific funding request. Incomplete applications or applications not containing relevant and necessary budget information and project information may be excluded from funding consideration. You may be requested to attend a public meeting of the Tourism Tax Advisory Board and provide additional information. If funds are granted there are guidelines and protocol that must be followed by the applicant.