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Tourism and Economic Development Grants (T&ED)

Grants to Onondaga, New York Nonprofits for Arts Projects
to Promote Economic Development and Tourism

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County of Onondaga and CNY Arts

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Deadline Date:

02/15/18 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to Onondaga County, New York nonprofit organizations for arts projects that promote economic development and encourage tourism. Letters of Interest are due December 14. Emphasis is placed on projects that focus on engaging overnight, out-of-county visitors and growing audiences.

This program’s purpose is to assist nonprofit arts organizations with promotional and marketing projects that will enhance the development of arts and tourism, and bring increased visitation to Onondaga County. This support is designed to enhance performing, literary or visual arts projects to draw new and out-of-town audiences to spend peripheral dollars in Onondaga County and promote economic development.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167179

Estimated Size of Grant:

The award amount is $10,000 - $50,000.

Requests should not exceed 20% of your organization’s total operating budget. Administrative Expenses cannot exceed 10% of your request amount.

Term of Contract:

The project period is January 1 - December 31, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be an eligible applicant organization you must meet ALL of the following criteria:
-Have a permanent location in Onondaga County
-Be a nonprofit organization or NYS incorporated nonprofit
-Must own or operate a year-round venue / operation
-Be classified as a Tier One, Two, or Three agency and meet the criteria to receive County funding through CNY Arts
-Must either have applied for Onondaga County General Operating Support and been deemed fiscally healthy or must be able to submit to the same fiscal health analysis
-Must not receive any additional funding from the County of Onondaga
-Must be able to demonstrate the capacity to execute the intended project, as well as provide status updates and reports on the results in a timely fashion

Entities that meet any of these criteria are NOT eligible for the Tourism & Economic Development Grant Program:
-Agencies that receive Onondaga County funds from a source other than CNY Arts administered General Operating Support
-Agencies of Onondaga County (including libraries)
-Educational Institutions and Schools; Educational Foundations
-Radio or television broadcasting networks or stations; cable communication systems, newspapers, magazines
-Organizations engaged solely in the acquisition or restoration of physical property
-For-profit businesses
-Organizations less than three years old
-Organizations with an annual budget less than $50,000

Ineligible Activities/Expenses:
-Accumulated deficits and debt reductions
-Operating support or activities that are considered part of your agency’s established annual programming
-Activities not open to the public, for example, activities restricted to an organization's membership. Funded activities must be open to the public and promoted as such.
-Competitions and contests
-Components that are not directed towards programs in Onondaga County
-Entertainment costs for receptions, openings, and fundraising benefits/events such as food/drink
-Operating expenses
-Out-of-County travel expenses
-Requests that are greater than 20% of an organizations total operating budget
-Capital requests for equipment, design, feasibility studies, or construction

Pre-Application Information:

The Tourism & Economic Development award will not fund more than 50% of an applicants’ total expenses.

-Letter of Intent Deadline: December 14, 2017, 11:59 PM
-Application Deadline: February 15, 2018, 11:59 PM
-CNY Arts accepts 2018 applications: December 2017 - February 2018
-Panel Meets / Deliberates: March 2018
-CNY Arts submits Panel Recommendations to the Legislature for Approval: April 2018
-Awards Announced and Contracts Released: May/June - December 2018

Pending approval from the Onondaga County Legislature, tentatively, awards will be announced and funds released in June of 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Submit a Letter of Interest:

Elizabeth Lane, Director of Grants
(315) 435-2158

CNY Arts
421 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Onondaga County