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Destination Development Capital (DDC) Grant Program

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits and Agencies for Construction,
Renovation, and Restoration Projects to Improve Tourist Attractions

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Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

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05/21/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations and government agencies for construction, renovation, and restoration projects to improve tourist attractions. The purpose of the funding is to increase non-resident visitation throughout the state. Projects may fall into one of the following categories: infrastructure, facilities, and design and engineering.

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 corresponding Regional Tourism Council. Successful tourism capital projects will also complement the goals and strategies of the statewide My Local MA campaign. The DDC grant is focused on capital improvements with a direct relationship to tourism, and other physical/structural items with a greater than five year lifespan. A tourist is defined as someone who travels at least 50 miles one way or stays overnight in paid accommodations.

Eligible costs include direct expenses for the bidding and construction of tourism infrastructure projects, including, but not limited to, bid administration, contracting, construction administration, construction, and equipment. Grant funds are disbursed on a cost-reimbursement basis.

Types of Grants and Project Eligibility:

  1. Infrastructure – Projects that are shovel-ready including but not limited: additions, renovations, or repair to an existing structure; recreation improvements (signage, kiosks); parking/transportation strategies and solutions
  2. Facilities: Projects related but not limited to: garbage management solutions; restroom facility updates; ADA accessibility, systems upgrades and replacements
  3. Design and Engineering: Funding for design, engineering and permitting related to tourism projects. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 195807

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Design and engineering grants must be directly connected with a capital project and lead to completion of the project within a 3 year time frame.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1) A 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:
a. Produces, promotes, or presents tourism attractions and activities for the public
b. Provides public access to physical collections and exhibits
2) In operation for at least two consecutive years since January 2019
3) Agency must be in good standing with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and city/town:
a. Must be current on all taxes due through December 31, 2020; and
b. Have active and valid state licenses/registrations, if applicable
4) Applicants must have spent at least $15,000 in the past fiscal year on tourism
5) Applicant must indicate how they are addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion within their organization
6) Applications must be complete, must include all required documentation and be submitted through the online portal, by the deadline, in order to be considered.

Ineligible Organizations:
1) For-profit organizations
2) Any organization whose sole or primary purpose is to fundraise (e.g., “friends of” groups, foundations, etc.)
3) Public colleges and universities, and entities that receive state-level operating support or non-project support directly from the Massachusetts General Fund
4) Organizations not located in Massachusetts or whose service does not primarily serve Massachusetts residents

Ineligible expenses for funding include, but are not limited to, the following:
1) Expenses incurred or obligated prior to or after the funding project period
2) Annual operating expenditures or overhead expenditures (e.g. rent, utilities, etc.)
3) Salaries, bonuses, or fringe benefits of personnel not directly related to the project. No more than 20% of the grant may be spent on administrative or marketing salaries.
4) Prize money, gift cards, scholarships, awards, plaques, T-shirts, uniforms or certificates
5) Entertainment, food and beverages including alcohol, cannabis or tobacco
6) Legal fees, insurance/liability insurances and/or membership fees
7) Mini-grants or reallocation to other organizations
8) Any expenses not related to the described capital grant project

Pre-Application Information:

Online application deadline: May 21, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Grant awards will be announced in July 2021, subject to appropriation.

Only one application per grant round may be submitted.

All grants require a 1:1 match.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Direct questions to:

Marc Zappulla, Destination Development Capital Grant Manager

Keiko Matsudo Orrall, MOTT Executive Director

Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism
136 Blackstone St, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02109

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