December 9, 2020

‘Tourism Anchor Institution Grants’ Expanded to Impacted For-Profits and Nonprofits that Focus on Arts, Culture, Agriculture and/or Recreation; Deadline Extended

Montgomery County has expanded its “Tourism Anchor Institution Grant Program” so for-profit and nonprofit organizations that are tourist-oriented and focus on arts, culture, agriculture and/or recreation—and have been hard-hit by the COVID-19 health crisis—are eligible to apply for this form of financial assistance.

In addition to expansion of the program to include eligible for-profit and nonprofit organizations, the deadline to submit completed applications has been extended to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13.

The program has the strong support of County Executive Marc Elrich and the County Council. It is funded with a $5 million special appropriation the Council approved under Resolution 19-493.

“We continue to develop programs to help as many organizations in the County as possible,” said County Executive Elrich. “The entities that will be assisted through this grant program are the heart and soul of our community.”

Details on the Tourism Anchor Institution grant program and application information—in English and Spanish—can be found at

The program was created as a result of the severe impact of COVID-19 on Montgomery County’s hospitality industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics/Center Employment Statistics, Montgomery and Frederick counties experienced a 44 percent decline in leisure and hospitality jobs from April 2019 to April 2020. There was an 11 percent employment decline in all job losses during the same period. Montgomery County’s tourism anchor institutions—facilities that attract many visitors—are critical to maintaining the County’s leisure and hospitality industry and the outstanding quality of life for residents.

Grants can be used for general operating purposes. However, the funds cannot be used for the same expenditures for which organizations have received grants from other Federal, State or County grant programs. County Executive staff will review all applications to determine if grant eligibility requirements have been met.

Questions about the Tourism Anchor Institution Grant Program can be emailed to