Strengthening Missouri's Tourism Industry
The State of Missouri plans to invest more than $50 million in the Show-Me State's tourism industry, which was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Missouri tourism is a powerful economic driver, and we're committed to ensuring local tourism organizations, entertainment venues, and other attractions have the resources they need to stay open and thrive.
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LOCAL TOURISM ASSET DEVELOPMENT GRANT - $30M
To view the Local Tourism Asset Development Grant Program’s Grant Summary, click here.
To view the Local Tourism Asset Development Grant Program’s final guidelines, click here.
You will need to complete your application for this program using the MO DED ARPA Federal Initiatives Submission Manager.
The Local Tourism Asset Development Grant Program supports public/private partnerships intended to further the statewide recovery of the tourism, travel, and hospitality industries (Tourism Industry) from the negative economic impact of COVID-19.
This competitive grant program will support high priority local projects such as:
- Upgrades to indoor and outdoor tourism, travel, and hospitality facilities. This can include COVID-19 mitigation and prevention measures as well as upgrades that were delayed due to the pandemic.
- New indoor and outdoor tourism, travel, and hospitality facilities for which the planning, development, and/or construction were delayed due to the negative economic impact of COVID-19 (supporting tying the negative economic impact to the delay is required).
- Rehabilitation, renovation, maintenance or costs to secure vacant or abandoned property to reduce their negative impact and position the property for current Tourism Industry uses.
Application close date: 12/14/2022
Award date: January 2023
Total allocation: $30,000,000
Application launch date: 10/14/2022
- Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs)
- Convention & Visitors Bureaus
- Municipalities and counties
- Other nonprofit organizations
- Chambers of Commerce (Eligible only in geographic areas under the Funding Category titled “Category 3”)
This is a competitive grant program. Individual grant amounts will be subject to the following limitations:
Category 1 - County Tourism Levels 1-5
- Minimum per Project Award: $250,000
- Maximum per Project Award: $2.5 million
- Available Funds: $10 million
Category 2 - County Tourism Levels 6-8
- Minimum per Project Award: $1 million
- Maximum per Project Award: $3.5 million
- Available Funds: $14 million
- Minimum per Project Award: $250,000
- Maximum per Project Award: $1.5 million
- Available Funds: $6 million
The Department intends to award all funds in one funding round, but may hold additional funding rounds prior to June 30, 2024 to ensure all available funds have been obligated prior to the ARPA funding deadline.
STATE TOURISM MARKETING - $5M
The State Tourism Marketing Funds will be used to expand the successful Division of Tourism statewide marketing program to help the hard-hit tourism industry recover more quickly and to better compete with states in our region. Within the funding is an additional carve out of funds for Tourism/Missouri Partnership program to more broadly promote Missouri.
ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY GRANT - $5M
The program will be used to provide grants to entertainment venues, art centers, museums, etc. Support will be provided to entities impacted by the pandemic that did not receive assistance through the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant.
The Entertainment Industry Grant Program is intended to further the statewide recovery of the entertainment industry from the negative economic impact of COVID-19. This grant program will help venues expand, upgrade, or improve existing facilities. Program information based off of draft guidelines is as follows:
Total allocation: $5,000,000
Application launch date: To be announced
Application close date: To be announced
Award date: To be announced
Eligible applicants: (1) Entertainment Venues and (2) Businesses adjacent to the entertainment industry, defined as: a for-profit business with at least 51% of revenue generated from an eligible entertainment industry business
Minimum applicant requirements:
- Applicant must be Missouri-based (located and operating in the state of Missouri)
- Applicant must, at the time of application, employ 50 or fewer full-time employees, including the owner(s)
- Full-time employee is defined as an individual who is scheduled to work 35 or more hours per week
- Applicant must have been in operation in Missouri since before January 1, 2020 and be currently operating
- Applicant must self-certify that, barring unforeseen circumstances, it plans to remain in business through calendar year 2023
- If Applicant is a type of entity required to register with the Missouri Secretary of State (SOS) to conduct business in Missouri, Applicant must be registered and in good standing with the SOS
- Applicant is enrolled in E-Verify and provides a copy of its signed Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as required by § 285.530 RSMo, unless Applicant is a sole proprietor with no employees
- Applicant has a Missouri Tax ID Number (EIN)
- Applicant has a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)
Applicant has submitted a Vendor Input Form and received a SAMII Vendor ID Number
Projects designed to expand, upgrade, or improve existing entertainment venues. Applicants generally have wide flexibility in identifying the scope of their project.
Calculation of Award
Eligible applicants are qualified to receive Program funds by submitting documentation demonstrating negative economic impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the form of declining revenues or gross receipts of at least $5,000.
Proof of declining revenues or gross receipts is to be demonstrated by the Applicant through the submission of tax filings showing a decrease in gross revenue/receipts in 2021 as compared to gross revenue/receipts in 2019.
Recipients are expected to contribute at least 50% of the total project cost in private investment. Private investment is defined as cash committed to the project by the Applicant.
To be announced