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Tompkins County Offers Workshop Ahead of Fall Tourism Grant Deadline

Friday, August 11, 2017

Ithaca, NY – In its effort to invest in community-based tourism, the Tompkins County Tourism Program offers grants to local organizations to help promote events and develop visitor attractions and amenities. Tourism Program staff will host a workshop for anyone interested in learning about their grant process. The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, August 29, from 3:30 to 5 pm, at the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, 904 East Shore Drive, Ithaca. The workshop is free and open to all. RSVPs appreciated to tourism@tompkins-co.org.

The Tompkins County Tourism Program invests over $2 million annually to support initiatives that promote area tourism and enhance community vitality, funded entirely by a local hotel room occupancy tax. The Strategic Tourism Planning Board provides oversight and strategic direction, and these grants are awarded by the Tompkins County Legislature. As an industry, in 2015 tourism in Tompkins County supported 3,500 local jobs and generated $195 million in visitor spending and more than $14.5 million in local tax revenues.

Funding limits range from $500 to $25,000 and are available in the following categories: Tourism Projects, New Tourism Initiatives, Tourism Marketing & Advertising, and Community Celebrations. Applications are due online by 11 am, Tuesday, September 19, with awards to be made in November.

Grant guidelines and applications are available at www.tompkinscountyny.gov/tourism.