Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation – State Tourism Grants (American Rescue Plan) - American Cities Climate Challenge
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Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation - State Tourism Grants (American Rescue Plan)

Federal Agency


Economic Development Administration (EDA)


To help states quickly invest in marketing, infrastructure, workforce, and other projects to rejuvenate safe leisure, business and international travel.

Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements

EDA will send governors, the mayor of DC, and other applicable territory leaders or their designees a formal invitation to apply.

Decarbonization Considerations

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.

Equity Considerations

States can spend awards themselves and/or competitively subaward funds to eligible designees. Projects surrounding workforce training, economic diversification and development, and technical assistance are encouraged to equitably build capacity for those hit hardest within the industry.

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Other Notes

Non-competitive. Contact your state to learn how this will be allocated.

Deadline (Announced or Anticipated)

60 days after receiving invitation

Funding Available


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Matching Funds

Not required

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