​​What: EDA’s ARPA Tourism NOFO is designed to provide a wide-range of financial assistance to communities and regions to rebuild and strengthen their travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation industry through various infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects. EDA can support pandemic recovery strategies and the implementation of recovery projects, including in communities adjacent to National Park Service units, State Parks, National Marine Sanctuaries, and other natural destinations. This includes construction activities such as water and stormwater/wastewater improvements; pier construction and improvements; new outdoor recreation and trail infrastructure and public access enhancements; nature-based infrastructure projects to improve access to recreation; cultural, arts, and tourism facilities (e.g., visitor or tourist information centers); workforce training facilities and capacity building programs; accessibility enhancements; and country-wide or multi-state travel, tourism, or outdoor recreation promotion.

Potential Applicants: Eligible applicants for EDA’s Competitive Tourism Grants program include a(n):

District Organization of an EDA-designated Economic Development District

  • Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes
  • State, county, city, or other political subdivision of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions
  • Institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education
  • Public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State Individuals or for-profit entities are not eligible.

How Much: $100,000 - $10,000,000

Deadline: January 31, 2022

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