Foundation / Corporation
Grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 to New York nonprofit organizations for new and established projects that promote tourism in Tompkins County. Funding is intended to support projects that are likely to motivate many visitors to stay overnight in Tompkins County hotels and bed and breakfasts, and that will implement key strategies identified in the 2020 Tompkins County Strategic Tourism Plan.
Projects funded in the past through these grants include the Ice Festival, Spring Writes Literary Festival, Ithaca Skate Jam, Finger Lakes Dragon Boat Festival, museum exhibits, and a variety of theatrical performances. The grant review committee will aim to allocate at least 30% of the total funding to projects that have occurred for three years or less.
Projects must show how they will draw and/or serve visitors, especially overnight visitors, to Tompkins County. The primary focus is on out-of-county attendance from areas at least 90 miles from Ithaca, including major cities and small towns. Projects limited to serving the local community without a strategy for growth and regional outreach are not likely to be funded. All applicants are required to document past visitor attendance and set specific goals for future visitor attendance, as well as to outline strategies for collecting this data.
Applicants are encouraged to source goods and services locally. Tompkins County will give priority to projects that hold potential to draw visitors during the mid-week and/or from mid-November through April.
Eligible Activities include:
- Artistic events and performances
- Heritage tourism events
- Agriculinary events
- Outdoor recreation events
- Events that attract a niche audience
- Temporary exhibits
- Guided tours
- Art installations
- Rental of equipment
GrantWatch ID#: 175720
Award Range: $1,000 to $25,000
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=686&refProgType=grantsNew
Principal Planner / Tourism Program Director
USA: New York: Tompkins County