All of Pennsylvania's tourism-related businesses and organizations are eligible to apply for Westmoreland County tourism grants, a program specifically established to support the county’s tourism assets.
The program is supported in part by the state’s hotel room taxes.
The merit-based awards are given annually by the Westmoreland County Tourism Grant Review Committee, Westmoreland County Commissioners and Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau. The grants are intended to bolster businesses that enhance the visitor experience and increase overnight stays in Westmoreland County.
Applicants are encouraged to research and use current grant criteria and guidelines when writing their proposals; gain an understanding of the funding organization and its mission in order to best present their businesses’ assets; and be sure to follow instructions meticulously to avoid disqualification.
Many grant programs ask applicants to match funds, so applicants should plan ahead for such arrangements. Additionally, an organized and well-written application using supporting materials and documentation is more likely to be viewed favorably.
Candidates should feel free to contact grant sponsors with questions. Additional resources available for guidance may include local chambers of commerce, convention bureaus or visitor centers; economic, natural resource and development groups; and colleges, universities and local board members.
Thirty-three percent of the Westmoreland County Room Tax is appropriated for this grant program.
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