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Somerset County Tourism Grant

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits and For-Profits
to Develop Tourism in Eligible Regions

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau (LHVB)

Deadline Date:

01/14/21 4:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations and for-profit entities for programs to develop tourism in eligible locations. Funding is intended for marketing and advertising programs and to establish visitor centers. Collaborative projects between tourism-related entities are strongly encouraged. Organizations must be located in Somerset County.

Grants may be awarded in the following two (2) project categories:

  • Marketing Programs: Marketing and advertising programs must be targeted to media that primarily reach Non-Somerset County residents. Cooperative programs, which include tourism partners in the three-county Laurel Highlands region, are eligible. Tourism-related marketing expenses eligible for funding, including but not limited to:
    • Internet website development or enhancement.
    • Image marketing (creating photo or film libraries, logo development, new artwork, etc.).
    • Tourism awareness programs and customer service programs.
    • Brochure design and printing
    • Advertising (TV stations, radio stations, newspapers, magazines, billboards, etc. – local media may be included if the majority of their audience is out of the county).
  • Visitor Center: Operation of a visitor center in an Allegheny Trail Alliance recognized “Great Allegheny Passage Trail Town” in Somerset County, including expenses related to staffing the center (payroll, payroll taxes, and payroll fees).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184785

Term of Contract:

Award amounts must be appropriately utilized before December 31, 2021. Grant dollars cannot be carried over to the next year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants may be awarded to any non-profit or for-profit tourism-related business or organization located within Somerset County that submits a request for such funds utilizing the official grant application furnished for this purpose and whose mission and operation are directly related to tourism and tourism development.

The Grant Program will not fund advertisements in local event programs (i.e. high school sports programs, local dance troupe programs, etc.)

Expenses not eligible for grant funding:
• Food, lodging, mileage and transportation costs.
• Purchase or rental computers, software, projectors and other equipment.
• Telephone expenses.
• Postage and handling expenses
• Purchase of brochure racks.
• Envelopes, letterhead, business cards, and miscellaneous office supplies.
• Membership dues, sponsorships and talent/dignitary honorariums.
• Office space rental.
• Physical construction of billboards
• Gift cards, t-shirts and items for resale.
• Standard operational expenses such as rent, utilities, insurance, payroll, postage, etc., with the exception of the approved expenses directly related to the operation of a seasonal visitor center
• Sectarian religious purposes

Pre-Application Information:

2021 Tourism Grant applications and documentation must be submitted no later than 4:00 PM Tuesday, January 14, 2021.

Both Non Profit and For Profit organizations are required to have a 25% cash match or a 12.5% cash match and 12.5% 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.

Visitor Center application: https://form.jotform.com/203235852533149

Marketing Grant application: https://form.jotform.com/203216430396046

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