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Visit McKinney Tourism Grants

Visit McKinney is offering grants to assist in funding initiatives, activities, or events that promote the City of McKinney as a tourism destination. Visit McKinney is funded via hotel taxes collected by the city, and will now be offering grant funds during the current fiscal year to tourism partners who plan to bring new tourism dollars into the city economy.  

Grant Process

Determine whether or not your proposed use of grant funds qualifies by reviewing the Texas Hotel Tax Expenditure Requirements. If your proposal qualifies:

  • Submit an inquiry letter (not required, but recommended)
  • Review the grant guidelines
  • Complete your application and turn it in by the deadline.    

Grant Documents

The following documents are under review by our board. Final versions will be posted following the July 2021 Visit McKinney Board Meeting. 

Grant Schedule

The total amount in Visit McKinney's Tourism Grant budget is $30,000, half each cycle which could change based on event status and amount actually utilized. Please refer to the schedule below for deadlines, presentations, and award notification. We recommend applying at least six months prior to the date of the event or project. 

2021-22 Round 1

  • Application Deadline: October 4, 2021
  • Presentation to Visit McKinney Board: October 26, 2021
  • Vote/Award Notification: November 23, 2021

2021-22 Round 2

  • Application Deadline:  February 1, 2022
  • Presentation to MCVB Board: February 22, 2022
  • Vote/Award Notification: March 22, 2022

Past Visit McKinney Tourism Grant Recipients

2020-21 Grant Recipients

  • Heritage Guild of Collin County (Chestnut Square Heritage Village weddings) - $1,500
  • Kiwanis Club Triathlon - $500
  • McKinney Philharmonic Orchestra - $2,000
  • SBG Hospitality - $8,000
  • CW Designs/Virtual McKinney Tours - $5,000

2019-20 Grant Recipients

  • McKinney Philharmonic Orchestra - $1,700
  • Ovation Academy for the Performing Arts for "Chaplin" - $11,595
  • Heard-Craig Center for the Arts (Art Meets Floral) - $500
  • Chestnut Square/Heritage Guild (for wedding advertising) - $2,500
  • SBG Hospitality (Wine & Music Festival) - $2,500

2018-19 Grant Recipients

  • Texas Folklore Society - $3,000
  • Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary - $5,000
  • The Courts Tennis Complex - $4,000
  • Star-Spangled Salsa Fest (Community Garden Kitchen) - $1,000
  • International Festival (Imagine International School) - $3,000
  • Art Meets Floral (Heard-Craig Center for the Arts) - $5,000
  • Odysseus Chamber Orchestra - $1,500
  • McKinney Art Studio Tour (Arts & Music Guild) - $7,500

For more information about grant eligibility or to consult on the viability of your project concept, please contact Visit McKinney Executive Director Dee-dee Guerra at dguerra@visitmckinney.com or call 214-544-1407.