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Spring 2019 Tourism Program Grant Awards

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Spring 2019 Tourism Program Grant Awards

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Tompkins County Tourism Program, upon the recommendation of the Strategic Tourism Planning Board (STPB), awarded over $220,000 in grants to 40 organizations following approval from the County Legislature. Grants were awarded in three categories:

  • Tourism Project Grants – funding for efforts that draw visitors to Tompkins County for overnight stays or accomplish critical actions listed in the “2020 Strategic Tourism Plan.”
    $137,500 was awarded for 21 applications
     
  • Tourism Marketing & Advertising Grants – funding for marketing and advertising campaigns that attract visitors from outside Tompkins County.
    $54,000 was awarded for 19 applications
     
  • Community Celebrations Grants – funding for local events that convey our unique culture and history.
    $28,838 was awarded for 22 applications

A detailed list of all grants awarded is attached. The Tourism Program will announce a fall round for Community Celebrations grants later this year. All funding for the Tourism Project grant and Tourism Marketing & Advertising grant has been allocated for 2019.

The Tompkins County Tourism Program annually invests over $2.5 million in local hotel room occupancy tax dollars in community-based tourism to promote economic development and enhance quality of life. This program is guided by the STPB. Tourism grants have supported the activities of dozens of local organizations contributing to local tourism and community vitality. In 2017 tourism in Tompkins County supported 3,700 local jobs, generated $216 million in visitor spending, and raised more than $16.2 million in local tax revenues.

Learn more at the Tourism Program website.

 Spring 2019 Community Celebrations Grant Awards

Applicant Organization

Celebration Name

Date(s)

Amount

Center for Community Transportation

Streets Alive! Ithaca

Apr 28 & Oct 1

$1,400

Child Development Council

Playdate in the Park

June 26

$500

Danby Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.

Danby Community Day

Sep 21

$1,525

Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, Inc.

Celebrating Dorothy Cotton’s Legacy in Ithaca and Beyond

May 10

$2,250

Southworth Library Association

Dryden Holiday Celebration

Dec 17

$1,500

Dryden Lake Festival, Inc.

Dryden Lake Festival 2019

July 27

$1,500

Dryden Town Historical Society

Homestead Heritage Fair 2019

Oct 5

$1,500

Finger Lakes Finns

Fostering Finnish Folkways

May 21 - Sep 29

$925

Greater Ithaca Activities Center, Inc.

GIAC Festival of Nations

Sep 7

$2,250

Groton Girl Scout Troop 41432 c/o Village of Groton

Groton Community Night

Aug 6

$750

Groton Olde Home Days

Groton Olde Home Days

Aug 23 - 25

$2,200

Ithaca Children’s Garden

International Mud Day

June 29

$1,500

Lansing Events Committee Inc.

2019 Lansing Community Celebration

June 6 - 7

$2,000

Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County

Latinx Heritage Month

Sep 15 - Oct 15

$1,000

Multicultural Resource Center

First Peoples Festival

Sep 28

$1,250

New Roots Charter School

Rootstock

May 18

$500

Newfield Memorial Day Committee

Memorial Day Parade and Services 2019

May 27

$523

Town of Newfield

2019 Newfield Music Series at Mill Park

June 12 - Sep 11

$850

Triphammer Arts Inc.

Watermusic/Dancing on the Trail

July 12

$1,950

Historic Ithaca

2019 Tompkins County Walk and Talks

June 22 - Aug 24

$1,265

The History Center (on behalf of all TCHC Partners)

TCHC Community Celebration

May 10

$1,000

Town of Groton

11th Annual Verne Morton Memorial Photography Show & Contest

Aug 23 - 24

$700

TOTAL

   

$28,838

 

Spring 2019 Tourism Project Grant Awards

Applicant

Project Title

Event Dates

Award

 

2019 Science Olympiad National Tournament

2019 Science Olympiad National Tournament

May 31 - June 1

$9,500

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Winery Property Wayfinding Signage  

May 1 - Aug 1

$3,000

Community Arts Partnership

Spring Writes Literary Festival

May 2 - 5

$3,000

Community Arts Partnership

Greater Ithaca Art Trail

N/A

$1,000

Downtown Ithaca Alliance

2019 Winter Light Festival

Dec 5 - 15

$11,000

Friends of Stewart Park, Inc.

Paddle, Pedal & Play Festival (P3Fest)

Aug 31

$9,000

Greater Ithaca Activities Center

GIAC's Festival of Nations & Gus Macker Tournament

Sep 7 & 8

$16,000

Historic Ithaca

Downtown Architecture Tours & More

N/A

$7,000

Ithaca Children's Garden

Engaging exhibits and essential signage to connect visitors to the living world

N/A

$3,000

Ithaca College Office of Sponsored Research

Qinfolk Festival | QTPOC Film, Arts & Mental Health

Oct 5

$2,000

Ithaca Festival

Silent Disco

May 31 - June 2

$5,000

Ithaca Shakespeare Company, Inc.

2019 Summer Shakespeare Festival

July 11 - 28

$7,500

Ithaca Underground

Big Day In #15 and Naked Noise #11

Dec 1 & Apr 15, 2020

$2,500

Kitchen Theatre Company

Kitchen Theatre Company Production of TRIBES

June 2 - 23

$13,000

Opera Ithaca Incorporated

Opera Ithaca Collaboration: La Boheme with Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Sep 28 & 29

$8,500

Paleontological Research Institution

Bees Exhibit

N/A

$7,500

Sciencenter

Sciencenter Wayfinding Evaluation and Upgrades

N/A

$10,000

Tea Leaves Inc

Ithaca Reggae Fest

June 29

$8,500

The Cherry Arts, Inc.

2019-20 Cherry Arts Production Enhancement Funding

N/A

$4,000

Triphammer Arts Inc.

Opera Cowpokes Alive! Outdoor Music and Dance Performances

Aug 1 - 4

$3,000

Wizarding Weekend

Wizarding Weekend 2019

Oct 26

$3,500

TOTAL

 

 

$137,500

 

Spring 2019 Tourism Marketing and Advertising Grant Awards

Applicant

Project Title

Event Dates

Award

Community Arts Partnership

Spring Writes Literary Festival

May 2 - 5

$2,000

Community Arts Partnership

Greater Ithaca Art Trail

N/A

$2,500

Community Arts Partnership

Fingers Lakes Pottery Tour

May 11 & 12

$3,500

Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County

Open Farm Days 2019!

Aug 10 & 11

$4,000

Discovery Cayuga Lake [CTA]

New Collaborations on Cayuga

N/A

$3,500

Downtown Ithaca Alliance

2019 Winter Light Festival

Dec 5 - 15

$3,000

Hangar Theatre

More the Merrier Campaign

Dec 8 -22

$5,000

Historic Ithaca

Downtown Architecture Tours & More

N/A

$3,500

Ithaca College Office of Sponsored Research

Qinfolk Festival | QTPOC Film, Arts & Mental Health

Oct 5

$4,000

Ithaca Festival

Silent Disco

May 31 - June 2

$3,000

Ithaca Shakespeare Company Inc

2019 Summer Shakespeare Festival

July 11 - 28

$1,000

Ithaca Underground

Big Day In #15 and Naked Noise #11

Dec 1 & Apr 15, 2020

$2,000

Kitchen Theatre Company

Kitchen Theatre Company Production of TRIBES

June 2 - 23

$4,000

Opera Ithaca Incorporated

Opera Ithaca Collaboration: La Boheme with Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Sep 28 & 29

$2,500

Paleontological Research Institution

Bees Exhibit

N/A

$3,000

Tea Leaves Inc

Ithaca Reggae Fest

June 29

$4,000

The Cherry Arts, Inc.

2019-20 Cherry Arts Production Enhancement Funding

N/A

$1,000

Village of Trumansburg

2019 Trumansburg Farmers Market Marketing and Advertising

N/A

$1,500

Wizarding Weekend

Wizarding Weekend 2019

Oct 26

$1,000

TOTAL

 

 

$54,000