Tourism Office Announces Spring 2015 Tourism Grant Recipients

(Bucks County, PA) Visit Bucks County (VBC), the official tourism promotion agency of Bucks County is pleased to announce the Spring 2015 Tourism Grant program recipients. The Visit Bucks County Tourism Grant was instituted seven 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 $219,000 to 31 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 creation of the Heritage Conservancy's Barn Voyage! Self-Guided Barn Tour, additional funding for marketing initiatives at Pennsbury Manor and increased advertising funds leading to a 23 percent increase in visitation to Washington Crossing Historic Park.

In total, Visit Bucks County has distributed more than $2.3 million in tourism funds since 2008.

Spring 2015 recipients are as follows:

Acting Naturally $2,000
Artists of Yardley $3,000
Bolton Mansion $5,000
Bowman's Hill Wildflower $8,000
Bucks County Audubon Society $10,000
Bucks County Children's Museum $5,000
Bucks County Choral Society $2,000
Bucks County Dragon Boat Festival $7,000
Bucks County Symphony Society $2,000
Bucks County Wine Trail $10,000
Craven Hall Historical Society $2,000
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage $4,000
Doylestown Food Co-operative $5,000
Friends of the Delaware Canal $2,000
Friends of Washington Crossing Park $25,000
Haycock Historical Society $2,000
Heritage Conservancy $20,000
Historic Fallsington Inc. $5,000
James A. Michener Art Museum $25,000
Mercer Museum $25,000
Newtown Arts Company $2,000
Newtown Theatre $2,000
Pearl S. Buck International $10,000
Pennsbury Society $10,000
Point Pleasant Community Association $5,000
Quakertown Alive! $1,000
Raising the Bar-Bristol Borough $2,000
Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament $5,000
Snipes Farm & Education Center $2,000
Town & Country Players $1,000
Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce $10,000

Total $219,000 

Applications for the next tourism grant are due on October 1. Eligible recipients are limited to non-profits or other entities located in Bucks County and are marketing partners of the tourism office. 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.