International Tourism Grant Program
CSFA Number: 420-25-1607
Agency Name
Department Of Commerce And Economic Opportunity (420)
Agency Identification
37-1, 37-2, 37-3, 37-4, 37-5
Agency Contact
Michelle Stanton
Short Description
A grant program for certified local tourism and convention bureaus to develop, coordinate and promote international tourism marketing efforts.
Subject Area
Economic Development
Program Function
Business and Commerce
Enabling Legislation
Section 605-707 of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois (International Tourism Program) [20 ILCS 605/605-707] authorizes the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to award grants to and work in cooperation with certified local tourism and convention bureaus to develop, coordinate and promote international tourism efforts.

Objectives and Goals
The intent of the program is to promote Illinois as a travel destination to the international leisure traveler. The International tourism program is important to the State of Illinois' tourism industry to match/leverage local funds with State funds to promote destination drivers, to market and promote attractions and events throughout the State to international travelers to ultimately impact the economic growth of the tourism industry.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
The Department shall provide Grant Funds not to exceed 50% of the Total Project Cost.

Expenditures and activities for which grant funds can be utilized by Grantees include, but are not limited to, brochures that target international markets, advertising, web site development and maintenance, in-country trade representations, familiarization tours, trade shows, sales missions, translation services, research, promotional items, technical assistance, training, association fees, travel expenses, and salaries for international program staff performing duties set forth in the Grant Agreement's scope of work.

Ineligible Expenditures includes, but are not limited to, the purchase of equipment, administrative expenses, salaries not associated with international activities and the purchase of alcoholic beverages.

Eligibility Requirements
Certified Local Tourism and Convention Bureaus or a designated Regional Tourism Development Organizations with an international product sold by tour operators and listed with receptive operators may apply for Program funding.

Eligible Applicants
Application and Award Processing
This grant program follows pre-award procedures established by the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act, except for:

Allowance of Indirect Costs

Applications for funding under this Program must be received no less than 60 days prior to the beginning of the Department's Fiscal Year or as otherwise determined by the Department.

Within 30 business days after the Department receives the Application, the International Tourism Program Manager shall notify the Applicant whether, after a brief initial review, the Application and attachments, if any, are complete. This notice is not in any way an acknowledgment by the Department as to the adequacy of the substance of the Application. If the Application and attachments are incomplete, the Applicant shall be notified of the deficiencies. The Applicant will then have 20 business days to cure any deficiencies. In the event the Applicant fails to cure all deficiencies within the 20 business days, the Application shall be considered null and void and returned to the Applicant.

Within 90 days from the date an Application is determined to be complete, the International Tourism Grant Program Manager shall notify the Applicant whether the Application has been approved or rejected. If the Application has been rejected, the program manager shall state the reasons for the determination.
Assistance Consideration
Each Grantee shall provide matching funds equal to no less than 50% of the Award. If the Grantee fails to match any portion of the grant award in a given fiscal years, that portion of the grant shall be refunded to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in accordance with the terms of the Grant Agreement. In-kind contributions shall not exceed 25% of the match funds. Additional details can be found at 14 IL Admin Code 555.70.
Post Assistance Requirements
This grant program follows post-assistance procedures established by the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act.

Annual Financial Reports: Grantee shall submit Annual Financial Reports within 180 days after the Grantee’s fiscal year ending on or after June 30. This deadline may be extended at the discretion of the Grantor. The Annual Financial Report must cover the same period the Audited Financial Report must cover the same period as the Grantee’s tax return. Annual Financial Reports must include an in relation to opinion from the report issuer on the Cost and Revenue schedules included in the Annual Financial Report. Annual Financial Reports shall follow a format prescribed by Grantor.

In addition to the audit requirements per the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act, a Grantee shall be responsible for securing an audit for any grant award exceeding $500,000. Additionally, an audit may be required when certain risk conditions exist, including, but not limited to, a negative compliance history and previous material audit findings. The audit shall be performed by an independent certified public accountant, licensed by the authority of the State of Illinois pursuant to the Illinois Public Accounting Act [225 ILCS 450]. The audit shall be conducted in accordance with current generally accepted auditing standards as contained in the most current publication entitled AICPA Professional Standards, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York NY 10036.

The Department reserves the right to conduct special audits, including but not limited to an agency wide audit of grant funds expended under any of the Department's grant programs. A special audit shall be conducted during normal working hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) with at least 24 hours notice.

Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
14 IL Admin Code 555
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2019 : $1,000,000
FY 2020 : $1,100,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
DetailsN/A$10000 - $40000007/01/2018 - 08/30/2018 : 5:00pm
Details420 25 1607$1000 - $40000006/28/2019 - 08/09/2019 : 5:00 pm
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
20-373001Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau07/01/201906/30/202013,895