The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) through the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) has announced the FY22 Destination Development Capital (DDC) Grant Program. This new competitive grant program will award funds to strengthen the economy of Massachusetts through destination development projects that enhance tourism sustainability, support the statewide My Local MA campaign, and have the potential to increase non-resident visitation.
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The Destination Development Grant Program for FY22 is funded at $2,000,000 through the Tourism Trust Fund, subject to appropriation. The grant process opens on April 20, 2021 with applications due May 21, 2021. Grant awards will be announced in July 2021.
Any public agency, municipality, or nonprofit organization incorporated in Massachusetts with 501(c)3, 501(c)5, 501(c)6, status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that does one of the following: Produces, promotes, or presents tourism attractions and activities for the public; Provides public access to physical collections and exhibits and meets other eligibility criteria can apply.
Eligible projects will enhance tourism resources and infrastructure and will aid in destination recovery and resiliency. Applications will be accepted for projects that include plans to expand, construct, restore or renovate Massachusetts tourism destinations and attractions. Applicants must demonstrate how the tourism capital project will work to promote the tourism goals of the MA Office of Travel and Tourism and the Regional Tourism Councils. DDC grants are focused on capital improvements with a direct relationship to tourism, and other physical/structural items with a greater than five year lifespan.
All projects must be completed by June 30, 2022.For more information and to apply, click here.