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Nearly $540,000 in grants has been approved for 10 projects aimed at increasing tourism in York County.

The York County Tourism Grant Committee announced the grants Wednesday, June 6, after receiving 39 applications requesting more than $3.9 million.

Funding for the grants comes from an increased hotel occupancy tax, which county commissioners approved in 2016 after Gov. Tom Wolf signed Act 18, allowing counties to increase the tax from 3 percent to 5 percent.

The committee accepts two rounds of grant applications each year, with the first round allowing for larger requests. Last year, the committee granted $825,000 to 18 projects in the first round and $69,000 to eight projects in the second round.

The next round of applications will be open June 18- Aug. 1 for requests up to $10,000, according to the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau. All applicants must provide a 25 percent cash or in-kind match.

The following projects and amounts were granted:

  • Appell Center for Performing Arts will receive $40,000 to produce and promote shows at the Capitol Theatre.
  • BAPS Motor Speedway will receive $30,000 to promote the USAC, All-Stars and U.S. Legend Dirt Nationals during the 2018 season.
  • CorkYork will receive $3,500 to produce and host the 2018 Summer Jam.
  • Crispus Attucks will receive $60,000 over three years to increase the hours of operation at the Goodridge Freedom Center and Underground Railroad Museum.
  • Hanover Area Historical Society will receive $40,000 to renovate the Carriage House Museum.
  • Heritage Hills Associates will receive $14,000 for the 2019 Pennsylvania Bus Association booth expense.
  • Spring Grove borough will receive $10,000 to increase the festival portion of the 2018 Smoke in the Grove BBQ Competition.
  • Susquehanna Heritage Corp. will receive $40,000 for the Susquehanna Riverlands Destination development and marketing.
  • York County Agricultural Society will receive $152,430 over three years to bid to host the USA Wrestling Cadet Duals in 2020-2022.
  • York County Community Foundation will receive $150,000 for a branding initiative with York County and Downtown York.

The grant committee is composed of chairman Eric Menzer, president of the York Revolution; Dave Hogg, of Springwood Hospitality; Kevin Schreiber, of the York County Economic Alliance; President Commissioner Susan Byrnes; state Rep. Kate Klunk, R-Hanover; Emily Freiert, of the Hanover Chamber of Commerce; and Rob Berkebile, of RKL.

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