Ithaca Area Economic Development Announces Availability of Fall 2022 Tourism Capital Grants

ITHACA, N.Y., July 12, 2022 – Applications for Fall 2022 Tourism Capital Grants are now being accepted by the Tompkins County Department of Planning and Sustainability. Tourism Capital Grants support major investments in visitor-generating projects such as theaters, parks, museums, and other cultural and recreational attractions. Funds can be used for design, renovation, and new building projects; investments in unique permanent installations such as exhibits; and feasibility studies of potential projects. The typical award range is between $5,000–$100,000. The application deadline is set for September 12th.

Tompkins County Principal Planner/Tourism Program Director Nick Helmholdt stated, “Attracting tourism to Tompkins County is critical to the overall health and stability of our local economy and we are pleased to support organizations that play such a key part in this endeavor through the dissemination of our Fall 2022 Tourism Grants.”

Tourism Capital Grants are funded by the county’s hotel room occupancy tax. A total of $242,000 has been budgeted for the current round of projects. The program is administered on behalf of Tompkins County by Ithaca Area Economic Development (IAED). Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule a pre-application meeting with IAED by emailing

Heather McDaniel, IAED President, shared, “We are pleased to assist our partners with the Tourism Capital Grants program, and to help support some of the many organizations that play such a key role in supporting the economic vitality of our community through tourism.”

For more information and grant guidelines, please visit:

About Ithaca Area Economic Development
Ithaca Area Economic Development is a private non-profit economic development organization serving Ithaca and Tompkins County. It is New York State’s first and only Accredited Economic Development Organization, one of only 71 across North America. Since 1964, Ithaca Area Economic Development has worked to grow, retain, and attract companies that provide high-quality employment opportunities and strives to create a supportive environment for businesses and entrepreneurs. For more information, visit

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