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Tourism in Appalachia: Trends and Strategies

Request for Proposals: Tourism in Appalachia: Trends and Strategies

Deadline for Receipt of Proposals: August 17, 2017 by 12:00 p.m. EDT

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) invites proposals from qualified researchers and consultants to examine the tourism industry in Appalachia through in-depth quantitative and qualitative analysis.
Specifically, the research will document, analyze, and map data on industry trends and activity, with particular focus given to subsectors and issues relevant to the Region. An extensive literature review should accompany this quantitative component and may supplement any topic areas unable to be examined with available data. Using a selection process based in part on this quantitative analysis and review of pertinent literature, communities that have established, impactful tourism sectors will be explored in detail as case studies, and the findings from each of these locations will be used to develop best practices for other communities seeking to initiate, develop, and strengthen their own tourism sectors. In addition to the case studies that examine communities as a whole, individual businesses and attractions will also be explored through a separate set of case studies, and best practices will be developed with a focus on providing other enterprises with relatable lessons learned from the individual experiences of these successful businesses and attractions. After synthesizing information and findings from each of the preceding sections, guidance for ARC staff will be developed regarding how to best review, manage, and evaluate tourism-related projects.
ARC is a federally funded partnership with the 13 Appalachian states, established in 1965 to promote economic and community development in the Appalachian Region. ARC’s Planning and Research Division conducts research and evaluations regarding key economic, demographic, and quality-of-life factors that affect current and future economic prospects in the Appalachian Region.
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The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

Release Date: Open

Deadline for Receipt of Applications: Letter of Inquiry Accepted any time

The Foundation offers grants to nonprofit organizations for general operating, program, and capital project support to help lower income older adults to live dignified, meaningful, and engaged lives in the community and to maintain their independence for as long as possible.

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The MetLife Foundation

Release Date: Open

Deadline for Receipt of Applications: Letter of Inquiry Accepted any time

The MetLIfe Foundation offers three kinds of financial inclusion grants to nonprofit organizations: Access to Knowledge grants support organizations with the ability to reach large numbers of underserved households around the world and work with them to develop financial strategies and capabilities to improve lives. Access to Services grants focus on organizations that deliver high-quality services like savings, microinsurance, and credit to individuals in need. Access to Insights grants partner with researchers, academics, and non-governmental organizations to better understand the problems and potential solutions within the financial inclusion field.

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