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Visitors Bureau chat will outline Westmoreland tourism grant guidelines

Jeff Himler

Westmoreland County tourism-related business and organizations will have an opportunity to learn about the county’s annual tourism grant program from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 1 at Christ Our Shepherd Center in Unity.

The free “tourism grant chat,” hosted by the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, will be held in the Westmoreland Room of the former Bishop Connare Center, off Route 30. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Reservations are required by contacting Rachel Roehrig, by Sept. 24, at [email protected] or 724-238-5661, ext. 101.

Visitors bureau Executive Director Ann Nemanic will lead the chat by explaining the program’s guidelines, application and reporting process. Those attending will receive grant criteria and will have time to ask questions.

Grant applications will be available online at Oct. 8. They must be submitted by Nov. 16.

Grants are funded by one-third of revenues generated by a 3 percent county lodging tax that was initiated in 2003. Grants are awarded based on merit, as determined by a review committee and administered by the county commissioners and the visitors bureau.

Since the program’s inception, grants totaling more than $4.9 million have been awarded. About $306,000 in grants were approved this year for 35 recipients, with individual awards ranging from $506 to $25,000.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, [email protected] or via Twitter @jhimler_news.

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