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Grants to Tennessee Marinas to Promote Tourism
and Enhance the Experience for Visitors

Waterways Accessibility for Tennessee Recreation (WATR) Grant

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Tennessee Department of Tourist Development (TDTD)

Deadline Date:

05/20/22 2:00 PM CST


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Grants to Tennessee privately owned marinas for projects that improve the visitor experience to the site. Funding is intended for marketing projects or for infrastructure improvements that will increase tourism and contribute positively to the state and local economies.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182751

Estimated Size of Grant:

Eligible Marinas with approved projects will be awarded up to one-third (1/3) of the total previous years’ payment in lieu of tax (“PILOT”) and property taxes assessed by the county the marina is located. Note: Award amount will be determined based on the total number of applications received and total available funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

A marina is eligible to apply for the WATR Program if it is located in the state of Tennessee, is a business entity registered with the Tennessee Secretary of State and remits an annual payment in lieu of tax (PILOT) as well as a property tax assessment through the county which the marina is located.

In order to prove eligibility, the marina must provide evidence of registration with the Tennessee Secretary of State, proof of payment of both PILOT and property tax assessment for the county the marina is located in the previous calendar year unless exempt. Types of proof allowed are set out in Program Policy.

If an otherwise Eligible Marina has not remitted the PILOT and local county tax on the basis of waiver due to low water levels or other exemption as deemed by the PILOT-enforcing agency, the Eligible Marina may still be considered as eligible, if proof of payment for the year prior to the waiver taking place is submitted.

Pre-Application Information:

- Applications Open: Applications Open: Monday, August 2, 2021
- Applications Due: 2:00 p.m. CST, Friday, May 20, 2022
- Grant award notifications will be made on Friday, May 27, 2022, regardless of when the application is submitted.
- Once awarded, contracts should be returned by Friday, June 17, 2022.

The Eligible Marina shall utilize grant funds to reimburse the approved project submitted in connection with Grantee’s application.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To submit application:
Subject Line: 2021-22 WATR Grants – [Marina Name]

Mail: Tennessee Department of Tourist Development
Attention: Andi Grindley, WATR Grant Application
William Snodgrass/Tennessee Tower
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 13th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

For questions or additional information, please email:
- Andi Grindley at the email above or 615-741-7994
-, 615-571-523

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