The Delaware County Tourism Advisory Board is now accepting applications for funding under the 2020 Tourism Promotion & Development Grant program. This program will provide funding assistance to eligible applicants for projects that seek to attract visitors to Delaware County and enhance the overall tourism industry. Applications for grant assistance under this program must be hand-delivered to the Delaware County Department of Economic Development or postmarked by 5:00 pm on Friday, February 14, 2020 (Emails will not be accepted).

The Tourism Promotion & Development Grant program is funded through revenues raised through the Delaware County Hotel Occupancy Tax. The Occupancy Tax was enacted for the purposes of creating a dedicated funding stream to promote and develop the tourism industry within Delaware County and stimulating economic growth. Since 2017, funds raised through the occupancy tax have been utilized to support 122 projects that promote and increase tourism in Delaware County. For details go to https://dcecodev.com/tourism-promotion-and-development-grant-program/

Projects that have received support through this initiate include: improving signage for hiking trails, renovations to historic properties, local and regional marketing activities, the development of promotional materials and support for artistic, cultural and community events that seek to attract visitors to Delaware County, and other projects seeking to grow the tourism industry.

In 2020, the Tourism Promotion & Development Grant Program will focus on four categories of awards; Promotion/Marketing, Community Celebrations, Capital Improvements, and Arts & Culture.