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Lawrence County Tourism 2016 Grant Program Deadline Approaching
Updated January 15, 2016 7:55 AM
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(BEDFORD) - Lawrence County Tourism has announced the continuation of a successful grant program that will provide funding to Lawrence County attractions, festivals and events.

The program encourages the development of events that will contribute positively to the growth of tourism in the area.

Completed grant applications will be accepted through January 30, 2016.

Applicants must be organizations seeking to produce and promote a well­ defined tourism­-oriented attraction, festival or event within the boundaries of Lawrence County.

These funds are meant to help qualified organizations promote tourism activities that will directly increase hotel occupancy and create a positive economic impact for Lawrence County.

The guidelines focus on four main points: the ability to draw visitors from outside of Lawrence County, the potential for growth of the event, generation of overnight stays, and the potential for food and beverage sales throughout the community. Grant applications will be judged by a committee of Lawrence County Tourism Commission staff and Board of Directors based on criteria outlined in the application materials.

Grant application deadline will be January 30, 2016 for events taking place later in the year.

"Lawrence County Tourism has distributed more than $224,000 in funds to local attractions and event organizers since 1994," says Tonya Chastain, Executive Director of Lawrence County Tourism. "It's helping our attractions, festivals and events attract more and more visitors, and drawing attention to Lawrence County and the outstanding resources in our community."

Grant applications are available at the Lawrence County Visitors Center located at 533 W Main St in Mitchell.

Anyone with questions about the program may contact Lawrence County Tourism Executive Director Tonya Chastain, (812) ­849­-1090, tchastain@limestonecountry.com.



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