The Bucks County Tourism Grant Program has announced the distribution of $574,650 in grants to 56 organizations, including some in the Newtown area.
Established in 2008, the collaborative program between Visit Bucks County and Bucks County government plays a key role in the development and growth of the county’s tourism sector, officials said.
Funded by a portion of the lodging tax collected from visitors staying in hotels, bed and breakfasts, and home-shares in Bucks County, the program has provided more $6.7 million to more than 130 organizations since its inception.
The grants can be used for various undertakings, including marketing initiatives, special events and exhibitions, product development, and capital improvements that bolster tourism.
The Charles H. Martin Grant, named in honor of former Bucks County Commissioner Martin’s dedication to the program. The 2023 recipient of the special award is the Friends of Washington Crossing Park in Upper Makefield and Solebury townships.
The 2023 grant recipients encompass a wide range of cultural, historical, and community organizations.
|African American Museum of Bucks County
|Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
|Bristol Borough Raising the Bar
|Bristol Riverside Theatre
|Bucks County Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
|Bucks County Community College Foundation
|Bucks County Covered Bridge Society
|Bucks County Gilbert & Sullivan Society
|Bucks County Historical Society
|Bucks County Playhouse
|Bucks County Symphony Society
|Bucks County Wine Trail
|Concordia Chamber Players
|Craven Hall Historical Society
|Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
|Doylestown Business and Community Alliance
|Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance of Climbers
|Friends of Bolton Mansion
|Friends of Peace Valley Nature Center
|Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center
|Friends of the Delaware Canal
Friends of Washington Crossing Park
|Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce
|Historic Fallsington, Inc.
|Hortulus Farm Foundation
|James A. Michener Art Museum
|Lenape Chamber Ensemble
|MSH Productions LLC
|New Hope Arts, Inc
|New Hope Helping
|New Hope Historical Society
|Newtown Chamber Orchestra
|Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society
|Oscar Hammerstein Museum & Theatre Education Center
|Pearl S. Buck International
|Perkasie Town Improvement Association
|Quakertown Historical Society
|Snipes Farm and Education Center
|Spinnerstown Hotel, Inc.
|The Andalusia Foundation
|The Johnsville Centrifuge and Science Museum, Inc.
|The Pennsbury Society
|The TileWorks of Bucks County
|TMA Bucks Foundation
|Warwick Township Historic Society
The latest data from 2022 revealed a boost in Bucks County’s tourism sector, with 8 million visitors contributing to a $1.2 billion in economic impact. The sector has been instrumental in supporting a hospitality workforce of over 27,800 jobs in the county, according to Visit Bucks County, citing numbers from Econsult Solutions Inc.
Tourism officials said the figures indicate a healthy year-over-year growth for the tourism industry.