Contractors and Funding Applications
One of the primary ways that the SDTMD works to bring visitors to San Diego, and increase room night stays, is through the direct funding of contractors for various events and programs. SDTMD awards grant funding each year to applicants who can demonstrate the ability to generate incremental room night stays at TMD assessed hotels as well as a measurable return on investment (ROI) on TMD dollars. Funding is requested through the annual Application Process. Below is the information and forms needed to make a request.
The SDTMD follows the fiscal year funding cycle of the City of San Diego.
Funding Guidelines & Application for Fiscal Year 2020: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020
All organizations applying for funding for this period must have their completed applications submitted to the SDTMD office by Friday, November 16, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted for annual funding requests.
SDTMD strongly recommends that all applicants attend one of its hosted workshops prior to completing the application. Workshops provide an overview of the application process, insight on criteria used to select events for funding and an introduction to the online submission system. Workshops will be held in the Coronado Conference Room at the SDTMD office, located at 750 B Street, Suite 1500, San Diego—as follows:
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 – 10 a.m. to Noon
Thursday, October 18, 2018 – 1 to 3 p.m.
Friday, November 16, 2018 — General Applications due
December 2018 – Application Committee meets and reviews applications
Friday, January 11, 2019 — Applicant presentations at SDTMD Board Meeting
Friday, January 25, 2019 — Applicant presentations at SDTMD Board Meeting
Friday, March 1, 2019 — Funding decisions made at SDTMD Board Meeting
April/May 2019 — TMD presents budget for City Council approval
June 2019 — TMD issues contracts
DMO – San Diego Tourism Authority only
All organizations applying for annualized funding for this period must have their completed online application submitted to the SDTMD office by Friday, January 25, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted for annual funding requests.
After all Annual Funding Programs have been reviewed and allocated by the SDTMD Board and if SDTMD funds are available, qualifying organizations may apply for supplemental funding such as a single event or a specialized sales or marketing program. All supplemental proposals are required to follow the SDTMD online application format and submit to the SDTMD well in advance of the next regularly scheduled Board of Directors Meeting, unless directed otherwise by the SDTMD board or staff. It is strongly recommended that a preliminary discussion with the Executive Director is scheduled prior to submitting any supplemental application.
The online application for supplemental funding will be available after November 26, 2018 by clicking the link below.