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BUCKS COUNTY TOURISM GRANT PROGRAM

Overview

Visit Bucks County, in partnership with the County of Bucks, is accepting grant applications for the Bucks County Tourism Grant Program. Beginning in 2008 and funded through a percentage of the County’s tax on lodging, the program aims to increase visitation from outside Bucks County resulting in economic impact and supporting jobs.

In accordance with Act 18 of 2016, the Bucks County Tourism Grant Program provides grants for projects for tourism marketing, promotion, product development, enhancement of attractions, special events and festivals that drive overnight travel to Bucks County and do not compete with private sector tourism.

Visit Bucks County is the administrator of the program and oversees the documentation process in compliance with the program guidelines. Awards are established on the basis of merit as determined by the Bucks County Tourism Grant Committee. 

Beginning in 2020, one grant recipient each cycle shall be recognized as the Charles H. Martin Grant Recipient, in recognition of Commissioner Martin’s commitment to the Bucks County Tourism Grant Program.

Click here to watch the Webinar Recording from August 16, 2021 that explains this year's grant in depth.

Program Timing

Applications for the Bucks County Tourism Grant Program shall be accepted on an annual basis.

2021 Timeline
Application opens September 7, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. 
Grant applications are due no later than October 7, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

2021 Award Amounts

Award Minimum: $2,500
Award Maximum: $50,000

Program Rules and Regulations

Eligible recipients are limited to tourism and/or hospitality businesses located in Bucks County. Other restrictions apply.

Click here to view the Bucks County Tourism Grant Program Rules and Regulations.

Base terms follow Pennsylvania State Regulations in accordance with Pennsylvania law, Act 18 of 2016.

Submit an Application

Click here to view a preview of the 2021 Tourism Grant Application. 

To submit an application, please visit the online grant portal:

2021 Application Window is now closed.

Upon entering the portal, new users will need to create a new account to complete the registration process and login credentials. Applications must be submitted via the portal by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date.

The following documentation will be required with each application:

• Comprehensive project budget provided on Budget Template.
• List of officers. (if applicable)
• List of owners. (if applicable)
• Copy of 501-C3, 501-C6 (U.S. Department of Treasury IRS Tax-Exempt Status Determination Letter) (if applicable)
• Articles of Incorporation/Articles of Organization - Click here to view a PA State example
• Subsistence Certificate (Note: Document may take time to obtain. Request ASAP.) Click here to view a sample certificate
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• Marketing piece or photos if related to grant request

Need help? Contact Visit Bucks County, visit the FAQ page, or contact Customer Support.

FAQs: https://help.smapply.io/hc/en-us/sections/115000366434-Applicant-Recommender-and-Reviewer-FAQ

Customer Support: https://bcgrantprogram.smapply.io/helpdesk/

Program Documents

Bucks County Tourism Grant Program inquiries should be directed to:

Jenna Giuliani
Business Development & Events Manager
JennaG@visitbuckscounty.com
215-639-0300 ext. 233