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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, Tribes, and District Organizations
to Support COVID-19 Recovery Efforts for the Tourism Industry

FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act - Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Funding

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Economic Development Administration (EDA or the Agency), U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), and the American Rescue Plan Act

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, tribes, and district organizations to support the tourism industry's recovery efforts from the economic impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Required registrations take several weeks to finalize. EDA will fund travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation projects that include non-construction and construction activities.

Through this program, EDA can support both the development of travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation 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 where the project is owned by the Eligible Applicant 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.

It is important that investments support the economic recovery through strong employment opportunities for workers, including but not limited to opportunities for workforce development, rehiring of laid off workers, and creating and retaining union jobs and well-paying jobs with good benefits. Moreover, it is important that investments in infrastructure and construction projects be carried out in ways that produce high-quality infrastructure, avert disruptive and costly delays, and promote efficiency. EDA understands the importance of promoting workforce development and encourages recipients to ensure that construction projects use strong labor standards, including project labor agreements and community benefit agreements that offer wages at or above the prevailing rate and include local hire provisions to promote effective and efficient delivery of high-quality infrastructure projects, as well as the economic recovery. Using these practices in construction projects may help to ensure a reliable supply of skilled labor that would minimize disruptions, such as those associated with labor disputes or workplace injuries.

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GrantWatch ID#: 197705

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Expected Number of Awards: 150

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $10,000,000
- Award Floor: $100,000

EDA anticipates allocating the funds among EDA’s six Regional Offices consistent with the formula applied to the State Tourism Grants, as follows:
- Atlanta Regional Office – $24,376,044
- Austin Regional Office – $16,635,106
- Chicago Regional Office – $26,236,391
- Denver Regional Office – $19,849,552
- Philadelphia Regional Office – $95,146,537
- Seattle Regional Office – $57,756,370

Term of Contract:

EDA’s American Rescue Plan appropriations are available for making awards through September 30, 2022. No disbursements of grant funds may be made after September 30, 2027.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For EDA Competitive Tourism Grants, eligible entities include a(n):
(i) District Organization of an EDA-designated Economic Development District (EDD);
(ii) Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes;
(iii) 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;
(iv) Institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; or
(v) Public or private non profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a general purpose political subdivision of a State. 42 U.S.C. § 3122(4)(A); 13 C.F.R. § 300.3.

Some projects are generally ineligible for EDA funding under this NOFO, including projects that are primarily residential in nature, projects to create community amenities that are not specific to regional tourism (e.g., swimming pools, golf courses), projects that directly support casinos or gaming, projects that support general governmental or public safety functions (e.g., buildings to house municipal government, firehouses, public safety equipment), and requests for funding to supplement operating budgets or replace lost revenue (including lost tax revenue). In addition, EDA will not fund projects that are primarily directed at public health responses to the coronavirus pandemic (e.g., testing or vaccination centers, increased hospital capacity, acquisition of PPE for general government use or public distribution); however, incidental public health costs may be included in project budgets (e.g., the cost of PPE for personnel providing technical assistance, larger spaces to accommodate social distancing, increased travel costs to accommodate pandemic safety measures). Applicants who are unsure whether their proposed project is eligible under this NOFO should consult the appropriate EDA Regional Office Point of Contact (POC) listed in section G of the NOFO.

Funds may not be used, directly or indirectly as an offset for other funds, to support or oppose collective bargaining.

Pre-Application Information:

For EDA Competitive Tourism Grants, there are no application submission deadlines. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the publication of a new ARPA Tourism NOFO, cancellation of this NOFO, or all available funds have been expended. While EDA encourages eligible applicants to submit their applications as soon as possible, EDA strongly advises eligible applicants to submit complete applications no later than January 31, 2022 so that EDA can review and process the application in time to get a potential award in place prior to deadlines imposed by Congress. Submission by January 31, 2022 is not a guarantee of funding. Any award is subject to the availability of funds.

For EDA Competitive Tourism Grants, given the extent of the economic impact and in accordance with the agency’s statutory authority under section 703 of PWEDA (42 U.S.C. § 3233), EDA generally expects to fund at least 80%, and up to 100%, of eligible project costs.

Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM): To enable the use of a universal identifier and to enhance the quality of information available to the public as required by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, applicants are required to: (i) be registered in SAM before submitting an application; (ii) provide a valid unique entity identifier in the application; (iii) make certain certifications (see also section H.5 of this NOFO); and (iv) continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which they have an active federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a federal awarding agency. EDA may not make a federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable unique entity identifier and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the EDA is ready to make an award, EDA may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive an award and use that determination as a basis for making an award to another applicant. Recipients will be subject to reporting requirements, as identified in OMB guidance published at 2 C.F.R. parts 25 and 170.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

Atlanta Regional Office
H. Philip Paradice, Jr., Regional Director
401 West Peachtree Street, NW, Suite 1820
Atlanta, GA 30308-3510
(404) 730-3002 Main Office
(404) 730-3025 Fax

Austin Regional Office
Jorge Ayala, Regional Director
903 San Jacinto, Suite 206
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 381-8150 Main Office
(512) 499-0478 Fax

Chicago Regional Office
Susan Brehm, Regional Director
230 South Dearborn Street, Suite 3280
Chicago, IL 60604-1512
(312) 353-8143 Main Office
(312) 353-8575 Fax

Denver Regional Office
Angela Belden Martinez, Regional Director
1244 Speer Boulevard, Suite 431
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 844-4715 Main Office
(303) 844-3968 Fax

Philadelphia Regional Office
Linda Cruz-Carnall, Regional Director
Robert N.C. Nix Federal Building
900 Market Street, Room 602
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 597-4603 Main Office
(215) 597-1063 Fax

Seattle Regional Office
Maeia Sellers, Regional Director
Jackson Federal Building
915 Second Avenue, Room 1890
Seattle, WA 98174-1001
(206) 220-7660 Main Office
(206) 220-7669 Fax

For state contacts, see page 30 of the NOFO in Attached Files, below.

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