Visit Bucks County Announces Fall 2015 Tourism Grant Recipients

(Bucks County, PA) Visit Bucks County (VBC), the official tourism promotion agency of Bucks County is pleased to announce the Fall 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 $216,000 to 24 Bucks County not-for-profits. In total, Visit Bucks County has distributed more than $2.5 million in tourism funds since 2008.

Grant funding will be used for advertising, new museum exhibits, increased signage, restorations, website redesigns and enhancements, marketing collateral, capital improvements and more. Past successful uses of grant funding include efforts to market special exhibits to visitors like the Mercer Museum's "LEGO® Castle Adventure" exhibit and the James A. Michener Art Museum's "Blanket Statements" exhibit, as well as funds for the creation of materials to promote the new Center for the Arts in Bristol Borough.

Eligible recipients are limited to non-profits or other entities located in Bucks County and are marketing partners of the tourism office.

Fall 2015 Recipients are as follows:

Acting Naturally $4,000
Bucks Beautiful $10,000
Bucks County Audubon Society $5,000
Bucks County Children's Museum $15,000
Bucks County Choral Society $2,000
Bucks County Wine Trail $5,000
Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce $15,000
Delaware Canal 21 $5,000
Friends of Washington Crossing Park $30,000
Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce $1,000
Heritage Conservancy $15,000
Historic Fallsington $1,000
Historical Society of Bensalem Township $2,000
James A. Michener Art Museum $25,000
Lenape Chamber Ensemble $5,000
Mercer Museum $25,000
New Hope Celebrates $8,000
Newtown Chamber Orchestra $2,000
Newtown Historic Association $3,000
Newtown Theatre $3,000
Pearl S. Buck International $15,000
Pennsbury Society $15,000
Quakertown Alive! $3,000
Warminster Symphony $2,000

Total $216,000

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.