The Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors & Convention Bureau recently announced 11 local organizations are recipients of the 2018 Grant Assistance Program (GAP). In its fifth year, the program helps qualified non-profit area tourism events, organizations, and businesses to “fill in the gap.” The grant program assists qualified non-profit organizations with the advertising and promotion of activities which directly increase lodging occupancy in designated periods throughout the year, create positive image building publicity for the Cambridge/ Guernsey County area, and enhance the tourism environment in the area.
The Living Word Outdoor Drama received a pair of GAP Grants, one to support the printing and distribution of the organization’s 2018 brochures and the second to support Crucificed 2018, the 3rd annual Youth/Family Rally that will feature Decyfer Down, Random Hero and Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh on Saturday, August 11. This year’s other recipients are: Cambridge Lions Club, Cambridge Main Street, Dickens Victorian Village, Guernsey County Agricultural Society, Guernsey County Community Improvement Corporation, Guernsey County Historical Society, National Cambridge Collectors, Inc., National Whitetail Deer Education Center, Byesville Gus Macker, and the Ohio Arts & Crafts Foundation.
The VCB has committed over $45,000 in their 2018 budget for the marketing of events and promotions which exhibit positive tourism potential.
The goals of the program are simple: Increase overnight stays in Cambridge/Guernsey County; Promote a positive image and increased visibility of the county’s attractions; Increase expenditures by visitors to Cambridge/Guernsey County; Provide programs and activities beneficial to drawing additional tourists from a 100+ mile radius; and Feature new or expanded events, projects or programs
Grants were made available from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $5,000 and were contingent upon the amount of overnight stays the event, project or program generates.
For more information, contact the Cambridge/Guernsey County VCB office at 627 Wheeling Avenue, Suite 200 in downtown Cambridge, call 740-432-2022, email info@VisitGuernseyCounty.com, or log onto VisitGuernseyCounty.com.