Meet in New York Grant Program

Meet in New York Grant Program

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Overview

The goal of the $25 million Meet in New York Grant Program is to help support the return of conferences, meetings and trade shows that generate significant tourism economic activity through overnight stays, dining and other tourism activities.

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Eligibility

Detailed eligibility criteria will be released by Empire State Development in the coming weeks.

Grants will be limited to:

  • Convention and conference centers, hotels that rent out conference spaces, and
  • Hotels that host groups of business travelers in partnership with convention and conference centers, provided that:
    • Grantees are able to demonstrate an economic hardship from the COVID-19 pandemic; and
    • Grantees offer discounts to eligible events in connection with attracting visitors to New York State.

Grant details:

  • A total of $25 million in funding has been allocated, inclusive of a limited share that will be set aside for administrative costs.
  • This funding will be used to reimburse conference venues and hotels to offset a portion of approved booking fee and group room rate discounts that help attract qualifying event types.
  • Grant size will vary based on event size, the booking fees waived, and the hotel discounts offered, subject to maximum reimbursement rates and amounts.
  • In general, the program will be limited to incentivizing the attraction of new events that have not previously been scheduled.
  • Eligible event types will be limited to those that drive tourism and visitors to New York State. Local events, such as weddings, will not be eligible.
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How to Apply

ESD expects to release additional information on the program’s terms and conditions in the coming weeks.

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