Grants starting at $5,000 to Tompkins County, New York nonprofits, local agencies, and farmers markets for capital projects that generate tourism to the County. Eligible projects are those that attract visitors, including recreational and cultural attractions, theaters, and museums. Funding is intended for a range of purposes, including design, renovation, and new building projects; investments in unique permanent installations such as exhibits; and feasibility studies of potential capital projects.
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. Funds may contribute up to one third of eligible costs that 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 projects include:
- Concept level design and cost estimates
- Tourism plan for a capital project
- Business plan for a capital project
All applicants are expected to track visitors to establish the tourism impact of the proposed project.
GrantWatch ID#: 140294
Typical Award Range: $5,000 to $100,000. Project will typically be valued at $75,000 or higher.
Capital Investment Projects are expected to have a minimum 5-year useful lifespan.
- Non-profit organizations designated as 501(c)3
- Municipalities within Tompkins County
- Farmers Markets
Grant funds cannot be used to refinance existing debt, for applicant’s overhead costs, or for operating expenses. Fundraising feasibility studies are not eligible.
Applications are due Wednesday, March 18, 2019.
All parties interested in this grant are strongly encouraged to schedule a pre-application meeting with Martha Armstrong (see contact details below).
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 cash or from in-kind donations of goods and professional services that would otherwise be purchased for the project
Applicants for Feasibility Studies are not required to demonstrate a financial match. However, applications that demonstrate the applicant’s financial investment in the project may be more competitive.
Strategic Tourism Plan: http://tompkinscountyny.gov/tourism/tourism/plan
How to Apply (video): https://youtu.be/xD85LuIZjRM
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply Online: https://www.commongrantapplication.com/register.php?refOrgId=70636&refProgId=685&refProgType=grantsNew
USA: New York: Tompkins County