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Tourism Capital Grant

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

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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Tompkins County

Conf. Date:

01/23/20

Deadline Date:

03/17/20

Description:

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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations, local municipalities, and farmers markets to promote 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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140294

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$244,000

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Non-profit organizations designated as 501(c)3
- Municipalities within Tompkins County
- Farmers Markets

Limitations:
- 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 workshop for potential grant applicants will be held on Thursday, January 23, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, at the Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 904 East Shore Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850. The workshop is free and open to all. To RSVP, see the Contact Information section below.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: March 17, 2020

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

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.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To start a grant application, see https://www.commongrantapplication.com/grantmakers/70636/Tompkins-County-Department-of-Planning-and-Sustainability.html#gmkProgGrants (scroll down to Tourism Capital Grant).

To schedule a pre-application meeting or RSVP to the workshop, email tourism@tompkins-co.org.

Heather McDaniel – heatherm@tcad.org – 607-273-0005

The Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau is available to provide technical assistance related to tourism. For more information contact Peggy Coleman, VP Tourism & Community Relations, peggy@visitithaca.com

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