York County tourism agency gives local projects a financial boost

Lindsey O'Laughlin
York Dispatch

Eight local organizations received a combined total of $53,000 from the York County Tourism Grant Committee to spearhead projects aimed at boosting local tourism, according to an Oct. 12 news release.

Ranging from $3,000 to the maximum $10,000, the funding will be used for marketing, event planning and other project costs. Marketing grants are awarded with the understanding that the money will be used for promotions at least 50 miles outside York County.

The organizations and their respective projects are listed below:

  • TechFire Robotics of York: $10,000 to host a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics State Championship in York County.
  • York Heritage Rail Trail: $10,000 to produce a professional marketing video.
  • York County Ale Trail: $7,500 for marketing in the greater mid-Atlantic region to promote York County as a craft beer capital of the northeast.
  • City of York: $7,000 to advertise York Bike Week — which was expanded from the single York Bike Night and will now have events held Wednesday to Sunday — and to advertise the annual Harley-Davidson York Vehicle Operations Open House, held in mid-September.
  • Parliament Arts Organization: $6,000 for promotion of the Spring Forward event, which will feature new installations created by nationally recognized artists. The installations will be on display for about a month.
  • Gusa by Victoria: $5,000 to market the Gusa World Music Festival in Foundry Park, which will celebrate diversity in York County.
  • Crispus Attucks: $4,919 for marketing costs and minor additions to the Goodridge Daguerreotype Studio, re-created in its original location at the William C. Goodridge Freedom Center in York City.
  • Susquehanna Folk Music Society: $3,000 to finance a Friday evening Contra Dance Ball to serve as a kick-off to the 2019 Susquehanna Folk Festival.

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A new round of grant recipients will be announced no later than June 2019, according to the release, and those grants will not have a maximum limit. Applications will be accepted beginning in early 2019.

For more information about the application process, contact Denise Restuccia, grant program manager at the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau, at denise@yorkpa.org or by calling 717-852-9675, ext. 113.