Groups receive Centre County tourism grants

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.