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New Tourism Initiative Grants and Tourism Project Grants

Summary of Funding Opportunity

Tourism Project Grants and New Tourism Initiative Grants are awarded on a competitive basis for projects that are likely to motivate many visitors to stay overnight in Tompkins County hotels and bed and breakfasts, and that are likely to implement key strategies identified in the 2020 Tompkins County Strategic Tourism Plan.  Applications for the main annual grant round are typically due in mid-February.  A fall grant round, with applications due in mid-September, is held in most but not all years depending on available funding. New Tourism Initiative Grants are awarded for projects that have occurred for no more than three years, and Tourism Project Grants are awarded for projects that have been in existence for more than three years. Projects that have been funded in the past through these grants include events, exhibits and projects of lasting value that support a strong tourism infrastructure.

The maximum request in each grant category is $25,000, and the minimum request is $1,000. Historically, few projects have received the maximum award. The average award amounts over the past five years have been $9,800 for New Tourism Initiative Grants and $7,750 for Tourism Project Grants.

In Fall 2018, there is $34,050 available in New Tourism Initiative Grant funding

Grant Guidelines (Click to Download)


Tourism Marketing Tips and Tactics - pointers from the Ithaca Tompkins County CVB to help you get the maximum results from your Tompkins Tourism Marketing & Advertising Grant

Grant recipients are required to collect survey data.  This is how:

Tompkins Festivals Program Workshops - topics include:

Tompkins Festivals Program Event Planning Manual - great resource for anyone planning an event in Tompkins County and highly recommended for tourism grant applicants seeking event-related support.

Grant recipients are required to recognize the role of the Tompkins County Tourism Program. Please see our recognition guidelines for more information.

Other Grant Opportunities

Tompkins County Grants Development and Management Center - unique central resource includes information on federal and state funding as well as grant opportunities from local and private foundations.

List of Tompkins County funders - compiled by the Community Foundation of Tompkins County

NY Works Considated Funding Application (CFA) - Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council