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$50,000 earmarked for tourism grants

LOCK HAVEN — It’s that time of year again.

The Clinton County Tourist Promotion Agency is collaborating with the Clinton County Commissioners and county Planning Department for the 2022 Clinton County Tourism/Recreation Grant Program.

Tourism Director Julie Brennan and Matt Croak, county community planner, announced the program is now accepting applications during a recent county commissioners meeting.

Brennan said the program has earmarked $50,000 in grants. The program is designed to support local nonprofit and recreational assets and events that promote the county and tourism.

Grants are awarded as support for marketing and advertising expenses; new project or event development and expansion; and infrastructure improvements that benefit tourism and enhance visitors’ experience.

“We look forward to again working with local groups to offer financial support for tourism and recreation marketing and growth initiatives,” Brennan said. “In the past five years alone, this grant program has pumped nearly $230,000 in grants to worthy projects and events that help grow our local tourism and recreation assets.”

Last year’s program supported 15 local initiatives, Brennan said.

Brennan touched on the struggles local organizations have faced since 2020.

“Many organizations continue to struggle — some have been unable to hold important fundraisers for the past two years. In addition to offering critical funding support, this grant program helps kick-start events and initiatives that attract people to our area, which is an overall benefit to Clinton County’s economy,” she said.

Applications for the 2022 Tourism/Recreation Grant Program will be accepted through Monday, Feb. 28. A grant committee reviews all applications, with awards expected to be announced in March.

Funding for the program comes from the county’s hotel tax paid by those who stay overnight in local lodging establishments. The tax is passed through to the Tourist Promotion Agency to support tourist promotion.

Organizations and municipalities with questions about the grant program can contact Brennan at 570-748-5782 or tourismdirector@clintoncountyinfo.com, or Matt Croak in the Clinton County Planning Office at (570) 893-4080, ext. 3 or mcroak@clintoncountypa.com.

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