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Hotel Occupancy Tax Grant Program

The 2019-20 HOT Grant Application is now open.  Applications must be received by Friday, September 13, 2019 at 5:00pm.

By state law, the City of Baytown collects a Hotel Occupancy Tax (the HOT) from all lodging facilities located within the City limits. The City then provides annual funding from a portion of the HOT revenue fund to non-profit corporations and organizations whose programs or special events qualify. There are stringent requirements concerning the use of Hotel Occupancy Tax funds. Each non-profit corporation or organization who applies for funding from the HOT may only use the funds to promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry in the City; in other words, every funded project or event must attract visitors to stay overnight in the City. In addition, an organization’s programs or special events must fit into one or more of the categories as outlined in Section 351.101 of the Texas Tax Code to qualify.

The Tourism Division is excited to offer this opportunity to the tourism community and its many partners. 

All non-profit organizations that wish to request HOT monies for fiscal year 2019 – 2020 (October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020), are required to apply by filling out a HOT Grant Application during this enrollment period. This application needs to be filled out and received by the Baytown Tourism Office no later than Friday, September 13, 2019 by 5:00 PM.  Instructions on how to submit the application are located within the PDF document below. A written "intent to apply" is not required but strongly encouraged. Please send your intent to apply to tourism@baytown.org by Friday, August 30, 2019.
We look forward to working with you to promote our great City of Baytown!

Application Packet, available here.

                                                                                     

Volunteer Opportunities

Come share your love of Baytown with us! The Baytown Tourism staff offers you an exciting opportunity, to become a Love Where you Live Volunteer/Docent in the historic Brunson Theater located at 311 W. Texas Avenue. The Tourism Division is opening Baytown’s first Visitor Information Center, and we need your help!

We are asking for volunteers to help us greet visitors and community members who visit the Baytown Visitor Information Center.

It is simple! Love Where you Live Volunteers/Docents are positioned in the lobby area of the Brunson Theater (at a desk, so no long periods of standing required). There, we ask Volunteers/Docents to be a friendly host for all who enter the Visitor Information Center. Greeting guests and sharing knowledge of Baytown is the primary focus of this position; however, duties also entail keeping the front desk and lobby of the Visitor Information Center straight and stocked, answering phones, and light computer data entry. If spending a few hours a month in the Brunson isn’t your desire, we offer additional types of volunteer positions too, such as working at booths and tradeshows, speaking engagements or even giving tours!

We would love to invite you to fill out an application to become part of the Love Where You Live Volunteer Program!

What to Expect: Many visitors may ask you to recommend the best hotel, restaurant, or attraction. Some visitors may even guess there is nothing to see or do, hence the more popular question, “What is there even to do in Baytown!?” Baytown has plenty to offer!  We will give you ALL of the necessary training to make you feel confident when speaking about Baytown’s wonderful attractions and amenities.  Each volunteer/docent must complete the #IHeartBaytown Training Class; a two hour seminar that includes snacks and small breaks presented by Tourism staff and Tourism partners. Upon completion, you will be #IHeartBaytown certified and will be eligible to volunteer at the Baytown Visitor Information Center!

Baytown Visitor Information Center
311 W. Texas Avenue, located in the historic Brunson Theater
Monday-Friday, 8:30 am- 4:30 pm

May occasionally include weekends or evening hours for special events

Other Volunteer Opportunities:  Occasionally, tourism staff will ask for assistance working a booth at an event or trade show. Other opportunities such as speaking to a small community group or giving a tour may even become available to those who are interested.

Volunteer Application

Assignments:  Tourism is a fluid industry, and just like the day to day activities of the Tourism Staff varies, so do the assignments of volunteers. Overall, the majority of the assignments involve “meeting and greeting.” Assignments may include working the front desk of the Baytown Visitor Information Center which includes, greeting visitors, answering phones, giving directions & recommendations, sharing the history of the Baytown, helping at informational booths at special events, providing support with large volume mailing projects, assembling of giveaway bags for visitors, and other projects as needed.

We strive to make most assignments fun and rewarding, but will occasionally ask for assistance with office or clerical duties.

Requirements

  • Must fill out a Volunteer Application
  • Must be 18 years old
  • Must complete a short, volunteer interview
  • Background checks are required for all volunteers
  • Volunteers must be able to work well with all types of people
  • Be comfortable sitting at the front desk and greeting visitors, answering phones, giving directions and recommendations, and have basic knowledge of Baytown
  • Attend an #IHeartBaytown training
  • Volunteer at least 4 hours a month with a max of 16 per week.

Desired Skills

  • Friendly & Courteous
  • Dependable and Trustworthy
  • Possess a "Love for Baytown"

Working Environment

Volunteers working in the Baytown Visitor Information Center will be a climate controlled environment. For Volunteers who decide to work outdoor events may be exposed to heat, cold, sun and humidity. Volunteers may work with crowds or in noisy environments.

Physical Demands

Physical demands are light, but occasionally involve standing or walking for long periods, lifting boxes of printed materials and other items, and setting up information or trade show booths.

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