Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation - Competitive Grants (American Rescue Plan)
Economic Development Administration (EDA)
To help communities that have been hardest hit by challenges facing the travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation sectors to invest in infrastructure, workforce or other projects to support the recovery of the industry and economic resilience of the community in the future.
Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements
Eligibility is broad for this opportunity.
Enhancing resilience in the travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation sectors in the face of the pandemic, especially in light of the ongoing impacts of a changing climate, is a multi-dimensional effort emphasizing engagement and support from all aspects of the community, including economic development practitioners. This program can support upgrades/retrofits to existing travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation infrastructure as well as new infrastructure projects that lead to long-term increases in tourist activity. Also consider improving the connectivity of outdoor recreational assets such as trails to increase access to other community facilities and transit hubs.
Projects that would support economic diversification in communities overly reliant on the travel and tourism industry are permitted, but projects that directly support the industry are preferred and will be prioritized.