ITHACA, N.Y. — The Tompkins County Tourism Program invests $2 million each year in initiatives that promote local tourism. For anyone who has an initiative that will promote local tourism, the deadline to apply for a grant is coming up and a workshop is planned to guide people through the grant process.

The workshop will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, 904 East Shore Drive, Ithaca. The workshop is free and open to the public, but RSVPs to are appreciated.

The county’s Tourism Program is funded by local hotel room occupancy tax. The Strategic Tourism Planning Board provides oversight and strategic direction and the grants are awarded by Tompkins County Legislature.

Related: Community events and organizations awarded $167K in grants

Tourism in Tompkins County supported 3,500 local jobs and generated $195 million in visitor spending, the county said in a news release.

There are a number of categories for grants and funding limits range from $500 to $25,000. Categories include: New Tourism Initiatives, Tourism Marketing & Advertising, and Community Celebrations.

Grant applications are due online by 11 a.m. Sept. 19. Awards will be announced in November.

For applications and more information on grant guidelines, visit

Featured image: Wizarding Weekend in 2016. The event was awarded $15,000 in tourism grants in the Spring.

Kelsey O'Connor

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