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Grants to New York Nonprofits, Local Agencies, and Farmers Markets to Increase Tourism in Eligible Regions

Tourism Capital Grant

Tompkins County and Ithaca Area Economic Development

Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #140294

Grant Description

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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations, local municipalities, and farmers markets to increase tourism in eligible regions. Funding may be used to support projects and investments such as museums, theaters, and other recreational and cultural attractions. The funds can be used for design, renovation, and new building projects; investments in unique permanent installations such as exhibits; and feasibility studies of potential capital projects. Funding is intended to promote economic development and enhance the quality of life in Tomkins County.

Examples of projects funded include the Dryden Rail Trail; Friends of Stewart Park Inclusive Playground Building and Splash Pad; renovation of Discover Cayuga Lake’s charter boat for eco-cruises; Tompkins Center for History and Culture buildout; and visitor amenities for the Cayuga Waterfront Trail.

Eligible Activities – Capital Investment Projects

New construction and renovation projects are eligible. The project may provide expansion or renovation to existing facilities or may be a totally new facility. Eligible costs include:

  • Acquisition of land
  • Acquisition, construction, and renovation of buildings
  • Acquisition of furnishings, equipment, permanent exhibitions, and other capital improvements designed to serve or promote tourism over a minimum of five years
  • Design services for the project

Eligible Activities – Feasibility Studies

Studies should lead to a capital investment as described above. Eligible projects include:

  • Concept level design and determination of cost estimates
  • Tourism plan for a capital project
  • Business plan for a capital project

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Non-profit organizations designated as 501(c)3
- Municipalities within Tompkins County
- Farmers Markets
- Applicant must have an adopted organizational policy on diversity, equity, and inclusion

- Grant funds cannot be used to refinance existing debt, for applicant’s overhead costs, or for operating expenses.
- All applicants are expected to track visitors to establish the tourism impact of the proposed project.
- Fundraising feasibility studies are not eligible

Pre-proposal Conference:

A grant workshop will be held on August 2, 2022.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2022 Tourism Capital grant cycle opens on July 12. Grant applications are due on Monday, September 12, 2022 before 11:59 pm.

Tompkins County Area Development (TCAD) assists with the administration of this grant program. All parties interested in this grant are strongly encouraged to schedule a pre-application meeting.

Grant funds may contribute up to one-third (33%) of eligible costs of capital investment projects.

Applicants for Capital Investment Projects must demonstrate a financial match of at least two-thirds (67%) of the total project cost. This match can be provided from the following sources: Cash; In-kind donations of goods and professional services that would otherwise be purchased for the project.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Typical Award Range: $5,000 to $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Capital Investment Projects are expected to have a minimum five-year useful life span.

Contact Information:

Apply online:

To schedule a pre-application meeting or RSVP to the workshop, email:
Kurt Anderson

Direct questions to Kurt Anderson at the email address listed above.

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