$50K in grants help drive tourism in York County
Grants from the York County Tourism Grant Committee will help fund more than $50,000 worth of county-related promotion.
The committee approved grants for eight projects earlier this month. The recipients span industries, introducing new events and expanding established attractions, said Eric Menzer, president of the York Revolution and chairman of the York County Tourism Grant Committee.
"The grants for this round were capped at $10,000 each; however, there is no limit to the value these programs will add to our York County community," he said in a statement.
Among the recipients are:
- Project Regional Robotics Competition: $10,000 to host a FIRST Robotics State Championship in York.
- York Heritage Rail Trail: $10,000 to produce a professional video and promote the York County Rail Trail as a tourist destination to visitors from 50 miles or more away.
- York County Ale Trail: $7,500 to fund marketing initiatives for the York County Ale Trail as a craft beer capital of the northeast to visitors in the greater Mid-Atlantic region.
- City of York: $7,000 to publicize the expansion of the annual York Bike Night to a weeklong event from Wednesday to Sunday.
- The Parliament Arts Organization: $6,000 for promotion on a national level of the annual Spring Forward fundraising event, which will bring nationally recognized artists to York to create art installations that will be showcased for more than a month.
- Gusa by Victoria: $5,000 to market the Gusa World Music Festival, which will celebrate diversity in York County with a music festival in Foundry Park.
- Crispus Attucks: $4,919 goes to the Goodridge Daguerreotype Studio, a recreation of Glenalvin Goodridge’s photographic studio in the original location on the second floor of the William C. Goodridge Freedom Center and Underground Railroad Museum, located at 123 E. Philadelphia St. With the grant, blinds will be added to protect the photographs and other exhibits and the creation and distribution of brochures to marketing the museum.
- Susquehanna Folk Music Society: $3,000 to add a Friday evening Contra Dance Ball that will serve as a kick-off to the 2019 Susquehanna Folk Festival.
Grants awarded to organizations for marketing purposes are meant to be used for promotion outside a 50-mile radius of York County, according to a press release.
Earlier this year, the committee awarded more than $530,000 that included the promotion of shows at the Capitol Theatre and Downtown Inc’s branding initiative. The application process first opened in December 2016 and since then, the grant committee has approved nearly $1.7 million in grant funding.
The next application round will open in early 2019 and cover large grants with no funding ceilings. Recipients will be awarded no later than June. To be eligible, all grant applicants must provide a 25 percent cash or in-kind match.
For more information about eligibility, visit yorkpa.org.
For questions about the application process, email Denise Restuccia, grant program manager at the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 717-852-9675, ext. 113.