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Grants For Tourism Businesses in Cumberland County

Tourism Grant Award

Since 2010, CAEDC/Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau has earmarked funds for a variety of tourism grants available for partners who are growing tourism and increasing the visitor experience.

From the initial grant cycle in 2010, CAEDC has awarded over $750,000 in grants to fund nearly 126 projects representing heritage, cultural, agricultural and experiential tourism.

In 2016, CAEDC conducted a destination sales study which resulted in the recommendation to focus more on growing tourism assets and the reasons why people travel here. The success of the existing grant programs and the sales study recommendations led to CAEDC dedicating more funds for tourism product development and marketing grants.

CAEDC will now be taking an active role in developing and/or enhancing tourism products and experiences through funding opportunities and dedicating staff resources to identifying and assisting in development opportunities.

FUNDING PROGRAMS: These grants are competitive matching programs based on merit.

  • Tourism Product Development Program: applications accepted year-round (up to $100,000)
    Eligible Projects: Thematic Trails/Tours; Asset, Event or Meeting/Conference Expansion or Development; Technical Assistance
  • TILF (Tourism Infrastructure Loan Fund): applications accepted year-round (low-interest rate, $50,000 minimum)
    Eligible Projects: Real Estate Acquisition & Construction; Machinery & Equipment
  • Tourism Sales & Marketing Grant: applications accepted year-round ($500-$10,000)
    Eligible Projects: experiential collateral printing and distribution: professional photography, videography and website design; advertising for major attractions, events with 500+ attendees or to promote overnight stays; signage for historical, outdoor or major attractions and/or promotional signage and tradeshow support including early-bird registration to tourism shows.

To learn more about each program, download the Tourism Grants & Loans chart that outlines each program’s specifications and requirements, or read about all the programs here.

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