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Visitors Bureau Offers Tourism Grant Opportunities for Local Nonprofits

by on March 07, 2018 4:30 AM

The Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau and Centre County Board of Commissioners have opened applications for 2018-19 Tourism Grants available to local nonprofit organizations.

The tourism grant program provides financial assistance to 501(c)(3) nonprofits "with tourism projects aimed at increasing overnight visitation to the area and/or enhancing the tourism experience," according to a release from the bureau.

Since the program began 16 years ago, more than $3.7 million has been awarded to community organizations for a variety of tourism-related projects. A percentage of the bureau’s hotel tax revenues is dedicated each year to funding the grants.

Grants are awarded for cultural, educational, historical, recreational and special event projects, with priority given to marketing and advertising expenses. Applicants must be located within Centre County. Pennsylvania law requires recipients to provide a 25 percent match for any grant award.

Applications can be submitted until 4 p.m. on April 17. Complete guidelines and the application are available on the bureau's website

 



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