Bucks County Commissioners, Conference and Visitor Bureau Announce Recipients of Non-Profit Tourism Grants

The Bucks County Commissioners, in cooperation with the Board of Directors of the Bucks County Conference and Visitors Bureau (BCCVB), today announced the first recipients of its Tourism Grant Program.  A presentation was made to the awardees at a reception held following the bi-monthly commissioners meeting held at the BCCVB in Bensalem.

The Tourism Grant Program was instituted for the development and enhancement of the not-for-profit tourism product in Bucks County. The BCCVB supports the grant program from a portion of the proceeds earned with the Bucks County lodging tax. Tax deductible contributions may also be made by individuals and corporations.

The program looks to fund eligible participants in capital projects related to tourism promotion, marketing, historic preservation and enhancement of attractions and the staging of special events designed to attract visitors to the county.  The grants will be awarded biannually in three categories:  special events, capital projects and marketing.  Applications for the second round of grants must be received by end of business April 1. 

Commissioner Charles H. Martin expressed his enthusiasm for the program, “It is exciting to help facilitate the many projects geared to enhancing non-profit, tourism-related organizations which will only add to the economic development and artistic tradition of Bucks County.”

“We’re thrilled to enable quite a few of our members in their marketing and capital projects which in turn will benefit everyone by bringing more tourists into Bucks County” Jerry Lepping, executive director of Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau, “We expect this to continue for many years and will hopefully continue to grow to help our members prosper.”

Bruce Katsiff, executive director of the James A. Michener Art museum accepted one of the first grants.  “This innovative new grant program recognizes the impact of arts and culture to the economic and spiritual health of our region.  The Michener Art Museum applauds the county commissioners for their vision and courage in establishing this terrifically important program.”

For complete program guidelines and to apply, please visit the Conference and Visitors Bureau Web site, www.visitbuckscounty.com, and access “Grant Information” on the homepage.

Tourism Grant Awardees
Andalusia Foundation     $15,000  Marketing Purposes
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve    $15,000  Marketing Purposes
Bristol Riverside Theater     $10,000  Marketing Purposes
Bucks County Historical Society (Mercer Museum)  $30,000  Capital Project
Bucks County Wine Trail     $20,000  Marketing Purposes
Craven Hall Historical Society    $  5,000  Capital Project
Doylestown Historical Society    $10,000  Capital Project
Historic Fallsington      $  5,000  Marketing Purposes
Landmark Towns      $10,000  Marketing Purposes
Michener Art Museum     $40,000  Capital Project
New Hope Celebrates     $  5,000  Marketing Purposes
New Hope Historical      $  2,500  Marketing Purposes
Pearl S. Buck House      $15,000  Capital Project
River Road Business Alliance    $10,000  Marketing Purposes
Tinicum Civic Association     $  2,500  Special Event

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About Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau (BCCVB)
The Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau, Inc (BCCVB) is the official tourist promotion agency for Bucks County. The mission of the BCCVB is to increase visitation in Bucks County by effectively marketing its heritage and its diverse sites and attractions.  . For more information on BCCVB activities call 1-800-836-BUCKS, visit www.VisitBucksCounty.com or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to Philadelphia Park Racetrack). The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.