The Wyoming County Commissioners have approved $85,000 in Wyoming County Room Tax Grant funding for 2019.
Each year, 30 percent of all hotel occupancy taxes collected in Wyoming County gets set aside for this grant opportunity for nonprofits or government entities, according to Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau Executive Director Jean Ruhf.
Allowable uses for the grants include special events, historical preservation projects, marketing/promotional projects and wayfinding aides.
After the submission deadline of Sept. 25 each year, the Wyoming County Room Tax Committee determines which projects receive funding, as well as how much.
For 2019, $110,651.57 was available in Room Tax Grant funding.
Those awarded grants in the 2019 cycle included:
*Wyoming County Room Tax Committee: $10,000 for marketing projects.
*Keystone College: $5,000 for marketing and promotional projects and $5,000 for trail wayfinding, education and interpretive sign.
*Factoryville Borough: $2,000 for the Factoryville Christmas Market.
*Wyoming County Community Fair: $2,000 for the Endless Mountains HallowWINE Fest and $12,500 for the county fair.
*Tunkhannock Business and Professional Association: $12,500 to split between Founders’ Day, Christmas in Our Hometown and Hometown Fall Fest.
*Wyoming County Chorale: $1,000 for concerts on May 5 and Nov. 7.
*Oldest House/Laceyville Historical Society: $4,000 for marketing/promotional events and tours.
*Wyoming County Cultural Center: $6,500 for Dietrich Theater Film Festivals, $10,000 for Dietrich event brochures, $1,150 for River Day, $850 for Shakespeare in the Park and $6,500 for panel two of the Telling Wyoming County’s Story Mural Project.
*Tunkhannock Public Library: $1,000 for the Christmas Show.
*Endless Mountains Primitive Outdoorsmen: $5,000 for marketing.
Applicants for 2019 submitted requests for a wide variety of projects, said Ruhf, who called it “wonderful” to help organizations succeed with their goals.
These projects, such as the Dietrich Theater’s mural, also help draw tourism into Wyoming County, she added.
“These are things that are going to enhance our community and get visitors to come and spend more time and money in the county, which is our No. 1 goal,” Ruhf said.
According to the state’s Department of Community and Economic Development, statewide, Pennsylvania tourism continued to grow in 2019, with more than 33 million hotel rooms being booked throughout the commonwealth, bringing in $4.7 billion in tax revenue and more than $44 billion being spent by visitors.
For more information about the Wyoming County Room Tax Grant, visit endlessmountains.org.