HOT (Hotel Occupancy Tax) Funds

The Forney Economic Development Corporation (EDC) assists the Forney City Council in tourism development activities through the appropriation of Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funds. Funds dispersed through the HOT fund are to be utilized specifically for the promotion of the Hotel/convention industry and similar functions as laid out in Chapter 351 of the Texas Tax Code.

Requirements to Be Met Before Applying for a HOT Grant

  • Applicant must be a 501(c)3 Texas nonprofit organization
  • Applicant must provide an event or programming that promotes the Hotel/convention industry and/or tourism in the City of Forney (see Chapter 351 – Texas Tax Code)
  • Applicant must attend required HOT Funds training course in May (contact the Forney EDC for more info on this date)

Steps to Apply for a HOT Grant

  1. Fill out the following HOT Funds Application form
  2. Provide the HOT Funds Applications form to Forney EDC Staff

    Mail:
    Forney Economic Development Corporation
    Attn: Stewart McGregor
    PO Box 826
    101 East Main Street
    Forney, TX 75126

    By hand:
    Stewart McGregor
    City Hall, 2nd Floor
    101 East Main Street
    Forney, TX 75126

    Email: Email Economic Development Corporation

    Fax: 972.564.7349

  3. Applicant must submit their HOT grant application(s) to Forney EDC Staff by June 15 of each year

Following submission, EDC Staff evaluate each application and make a recommendation to the Forney EDC Board. Following Forney EDC Board approval, applications are forwarded to the Forney City Council. Following Council action, contracts are drawn up with organizations and funds are dispersed in October.

Steps for Reporting HOT Funds Activity(s), Program(s) or Event(s)

Organizations receiving funds must complete a report and submit it to Forney EDC Staff 45 days after an event. If funds are used over the course of a year, reports are due to Forney EDC Staff 45 days after September 30 of each year.

  1. Applicants must have the following forms completed before attaching the HOT Funds Reporting Form to provide as attachments:
    1. Itemized Expense Form (DOC)
    2. Hotel Manager Report Form (DOC)
  2. Applications must fill out the following HOT Funds Reporting Form.

If you have any questions, contact Forney EDC Staff at 972.564.5808.