Groups receive Centre County tourism grants

From CDT staff reportsMay 16, 2014 

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    2014-2015 Tourism Grant Recipient List

    American Philatelic Society: $6,500

    Art Alliance of Central PA: $2,500

    Bellefonte American Legion Baseball: $2,500

    Center for the Performing Arts: $5,000

    Central PA Festival of the Arts: $35,000

    Central PA 4th Fest: $15,000

    Centre County Grange Fair: $10,000

    Centre County Historical Society: $10,000

    Centre County Library and Historical Museum: $5,000

    Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority: $2,500

    Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania: $5,000

    Downtown State College Improvement District: $5,000

    First Night State College: $1,500

    Friends of the Pennsylvania Military Museum: $4,000

    Historic Bellefonte Inc.: $20,000

    Jazz Pa.: $2,500

    Lemont Village Association Inc.: $1,500

    Music at Penn’s Woods/School of Music: $1,500

    Nittany Valley Symphony: $5,000

    Penn State Centre Stage: $5,000

    The Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra: $5,000

    Philipsburg Revitalization Corp./Heritage Days Festival: $5,000

    State College Community Theatre: $3,500

    The State Theatre: $10,000

Two dozen local organizations received 2014-15 tourism grants through the Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The largest grant was awarded to Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts at $35,000, followed by Historic Bellefonte Inc., $20,000.

Each year, the visitor’s bureau offers financial support to eligible organizations. The grant program was established in 2002.

This year, about $191,000 in grants was given for marketing and/or capital improvement projects.

According to bureau statistics from 2013, 2 million people visit Centre County annually, contributing $600 million to the local economy.

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