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In its effort to invest in community-based tourism, the Tompkins County Tourism Program offers grants to local groups and organizations to help promote events and improve visitor attractions and amenities. Tourism Program staff will host a workshop for anyone interested in learning about their grant process. The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, January 31, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm at the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce at 904 East Shore Drive, Ithaca. The workshop is free and open to all. RSVPs appreciated to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tompkins County Tourism Program annually invests over $2 million in local hotel room occupancy tax dollars in funding to support activities and events that promote area tourism and enhance community vitality. The Strategic Tourism Planning Board provides oversight and strategic direction, and these grants are awarded by the Tompkins County Legislature. As an industry, in 2015 tourism in Tompkins County supported 3,500 local jobs and generated $195 million in local economic activity and more than $14.5 million in local tax revenues.
Funding limits range from $500 to $25,000 and are available in the following categories: Tourism Project Grants, New Tourism Initiative Grants, Tourism Marketing & Advertising Grants, and Community Celebrations Grants. Applications are due online by 11 am, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, with awards to be made in mid-April.
Tompkins County also offers two other tourism grant programs with separate funding cycles and application requirements: Tourism Capital Grants are due online by 11am, Wednesday, March 15, 2017; and new applications for Arts & Culture Organizational Development Grants will be considered in late 2017.
Grant guidelines and applications are available at www.tompkinscountyny.gov/tourism.