Tourism Office Announces Fall 2014 Tourism Grant Recipients





(Bucks County, PA) Visit Bucks County (VBC), the official tourism promotion agency of Bucks County is pleased to announce the Fall 2014 Tourism Grant program recipients. The Visit Bucks County Tourism Grant was instituted six years ago to assist in the development and enhancement of not-for-profit tourism product in Bucks County. The VBC Tourism Grant is supported from a portion earned from the Bucks County lodging tax.

This round, Visit Bucks County distributed $202,000 to 23 Bucks County not-for-profits.

Grant funding will be used for website redesigns and enhancements, marketing collateral, capital improvements, tourism product development and more. Past successful uses of grant funding include the addition of new exhibits at the Bucks County Children's Museum, marketing and advertising efforts for exhibits at the James A. Michener Art Museum, the creation of a the Heritage Conservancy's Barn Voyage! Self-Guided Barn Tour and support to bring the largest collegiate fencing tournament in the world to Bensalem in spring 2015.

In total, Visit Bucks County has distributed $2.3 million in tourism funds since 2008. Eligible recipients are limited to non-profits or other entities located in Bucks County and are marketing partners of the tourism office.

Fall 2014 Recipients are as follows:

Bristol Cultural/Historical Foundation $2,500
Bristol Riverside Theatre $5,000
Bucks County Children's Museum $8,500
Bucks County Designer House $5,000
Bucks County Playhouse $10,000
Bucks County Wine Trail $10,000
Central Bucks County Chamber of Commerce $10,000
Friends of Washington Crossing $25,000
Heritage Conservancy $20,000
Historical Society of Bensalem $1,500
Historic Fallsington $1,500
Landmark Towns $7,500
Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce $5,000
Mercer Museum $25,000
Michener Art Museum $25,000
New Hope Historical Society $1,500
Newtown Chamber Orchestra $1,000
Newtown Theatre $3,000
Newtown Historic Association $4,000
Pearl S. Buck International $10,000
Pennsbury Society $10,000
Phillips Mill Community Association $1,000
Tyler Park Center for the Arts $10,000

TOTAL: $202,000

Applications for the next tourism grant are due on April 1. Details regarding the tourism grant application process can be found on Visit Bucks County's website:

Specific questions regarding the grant program can be directed to Visit Bucks County President/COO, Jerry Lepping at

Contact: Jessica Lawlor
Communications Manager, Visit Bucks County
215 639 0300 ext. 227

About Visit Bucks County

Visit Bucks County (VBC) is the official tourism promotion agency for Bucks County. The tourism office, with more than 450 tourism/hospitality partners throughout Bucks County, promotes all there is to see and do to potential visitors and residents. In addition to consumer travel, Visit Bucks County targets sports tournaments, motorcoach groups, meetings, special events and weddings. For more information on VBC activities call 1-800-836-BUCKS, visit or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to PARX Casino). 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.