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Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits and Agencies
to Promote Tourism in Eligible Counties

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau (EMVB)

Deadline Date:

09/25/21 Postmarked

Description:

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Grants to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations and local government branches for programs to develop local tourism in eligible counties. Funding is intended to support special events or exhibits, marketing and promotional projects, historic preservation projects, and navigation aids to assist visitors. Eligible projects promote tourism in Susquehanna, Sullivan, and Wyoming Counties.

Grant Categories:

  • Special Event or Exhibit – must:
    • Be open to the public.
    • Promote tourism in the county.
    • Be advertised outside a fifty-mile radius
  • Marketing and Promotional Projects – must:
    • Demonstrate that the project directly correlates to increasing tourism within the region.
    • Target promotion beyond a 50-mile radius. 
  • Historical Preservation Project – must:
    • Be used to improve, restore or preserve existing historical sites/buildings that are considered to be of
      value to the area’s culture, history, and sense of identity.
    • Be an existing or potential tourist draw and will add to the existing tourism attractions within the area.
    • Not be a capital improvement project – i.e., sidewalks, sewers, etc.
    • Not be a private residence or business. 
  • Wayfinding Aides – Consideration will be given to groups proposing to develop maps, signage, or other tools that would be of assistance to visitors to the area. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174528

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An organization must:
- Be a bona fide, officially recognized not-for-profit organization (501C-3 or 501C-6) or a branch of local or county government.
- Have at least one year of audited financial reports.
- Have a proven positive record of advertising to bring patrons and audience members from beyond a 50-mile radius.

Restrictions:
- Grant funds will not be provided for sectarian religious expenses.
- Grant funds will not be awarded for food or refreshments, travel, entertainment or operational expenses (payroll, insurance, travel, and utilities).
- Grant funds may be used to match federal and state funds, but are not considered private donations. They can only be used to match grants that are being used for projects that will directly impact tourism within the region.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be postmarked by September 25, 2021.

The Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau will review applications as part of a pre-application process to assure it meets all the grant requirements. Qualifying applications will then be passed on to their respective county for approval and may require additional information to be submitted.

All grants must have a 25% cash or in-kind match.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications to:

Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau
Attn: Room Tax Grants
5405 State Route 6
Tunkhannock, PA 18657

Questions? Contact:
Email: jean@endlessmountains.org / info@endlessmountains.org
Phone: 570-836-5431 / 800-769-8999
Fax: 570-836-3927

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Wyoming Counties

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