Press release from the Tompkins County Convention & Visitors Bureau:
The Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention & Visitors Bureau (a division of the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce) is pleased to announce that we have received funding to provide “microgrants” (small grants of up to $500 per project) directly to farms, food and beverage producers, farm stands, and farmers markets to expand agriculinary tourism opportunity in Tompkins County.
Small, reimbursable grants of up to $500 each are available to any business or nonprofit (farm or food-related) with a project that may increase agriculinary tourism in Tompkins County. Agriculinary tourism is defined as the combination of visitor experiences around local farms and locally-produced food and beverages.
These grants are provided by the Tompkins County Tourism Program as an extension of the Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Farm to Fork program – a growing initiative aimed towards integrating Tompkins County farms, farmers markets, and other agriculture-focused businesses into the Ithaca and Tompkins County authentic tourism experiences.
The microgrants will achieve the specific goals of the Agriculinary Tourism program to increase the number of farms, markets, and properties considered “visitor ready,” and to increase visitor access or add new visitor experiences.
The Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention & Visitors Bureau hopes these microgrants and the overall Farm to Fork Program will strengthen Ithaca’s agricultural economic development and further establish Tompkins County as the premier destination for visitors looking for agriculinary and sustainability-focused tourism experiences.
The microgrants will be reimbursement grants, and funds will be granted after the completion of the project and the project final report.
The deadline for applications will be by 5 P.M. on Wednesday, November 1st.
For more information or to receive a copy of the 2017 Microgrant Application, please contact the Agriculinary Tourism Coordinator, Kina Viola at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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