Contractors and Funding Applications
*Annual Application Process Opens October 11, 2019*
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 2021: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021
All organizations applying for funding for this period must have their completed applications submitted to the SDTMD office by Friday, November 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted for annual funding requests.
The online application will be available here beginning Friday, October 11, 2019.
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 at TMD Offices, 750 B St., Suite 1500, San Diego, 92101 as follows:
Thursday, October 17, 2019 – 10 a.m. to Noon, Cabrillo Conference Room
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 – 2 to 4 p.m., Coronado Conference Room
Friday, November 15, 2019 — General Applications due
December 2019 – Application Committee meets and reviews applications
Friday, January 10, 2020 — Applicant presentations at SDTMD Board Meeting
Friday, January 24, 2020 — Applicant presentations at SDTMD Board Meeting
Friday, March 6, 2020 — Funding decisions made at SDTMD Board Meeting
April/May 2020 — TMD presents budget for City Council approval
June 2020 — 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 24, 2020 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 is available below.