U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to Allocate $750 Million in Tourism Funding

The American Rescue Plan has allocated $3 billion to the EDA to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to accelerate the economic recovery.  ​

The American Rescue Plan has allocated $3 billion to the EDA to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to accelerate the economic recovery.

Through the Travel, Tourism & Outdoor Recreation program, $750 million of EDA’s American Rescue Plan funds will go towards communities that rely on the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation sectors. The funds will support the following:
State Tourism Grants: $510 million in non-competitive awards to help states quickly invest in marketing, infrastructure, workforce and other projects to rejuvenate safe leisure, business and international travel.

Competitive Grants: $240 million 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.

Another EDA initiative is the Indigenous Communities program, which is allocating $100 million in American Rescue Plan funding specifically for Indigenous communities, which were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

The Indigenous Communities program program is designed to support the needs of Tribal Governments and Indigenous communities. EDA will support these important partners to develop and execute economic development projects that they need to recover from the pandemic and build economies for the future.

A wide range of technical, planning, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and public works and infrastructure projects are eligible for funding under this program.

Indigenous communities are also eligible and encouraged to apply under all of EDA’s other programs.

Most of these grants have listed deadlines, but it is important you apply as soon as possible because they are “rolling deadlines” and serve on more of a first come, first serve basis.

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Mrs. Davis is the founder, publisher and executive editor of the only Native American wholly owned and operated national tribal business publication, Native Business Magazine, and the producer of the annual and nationally attended Native Business Summit.

Mrs. Davis is also president of Davis Strategy Group has over 23 years of service to Indian Country and as an entrepreneur she has successfully established, operated, managed and grown several businesses in multiple sectors. She is equal parts a strategic visionary and behind-the-scenes implementor, essential in guiding and overseeing every process of brand development, business expansion, nation-to-nation relationship building and more.

She was named in 2009 as one of the first recipients of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s, “40 Under 40” award which recognizes up and coming community and business leaders from across Indian Country.