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Baltimore County announces new grant opportunity to support local tourism events

UPDATE: The Tourism Grant Program has been suspended due to COVID-19.

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TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County on Monday announced the inaugural Baltimore County Tourism Celebration Grant program, a new opportunity to enhance the visitor experience in Baltimore County by leveraging $210,000 in county funding for tourism or cultural arts events.

Beginning on Monday, individuals and organizations may apply for grants between $2,000 to $20,000 for an event taking place in Baltimore County between April 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021. The grants will require applicants to secure or provide matching funds.

The application process for Baltimore County Tourism Celebration Grants is now open.

Applicants must apply by Thursday, April 2, 2020, at 4 p.m.

“This Tourism Celebration Grant will energize our local economy by supporting events that can draw more visitors, build meaningful partnerships, elevate community stakeholders, and better connect residents with all that Baltimore County has to offer,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “We’re excited for the potential of this new opportunity to further enhance arts and tourism opportunities across Baltimore County.”

The Tourism Celebration Grant is the latest effort from the Olszewski Administration to expand Baltimore County’s tourism industry as a fundamental pillar of economic development.

A recent study conducted for the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development found that expanded investments and strategic improvements to the tourism sector could generate approximately $7 billion in tourism spending over a 10-year period.

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Application and Guidelines Information Sessions

Two information sessions will be held regarding the grant application and guidelines:

Thursday, March 12, from 6 to 7 p.m.
Towson Chamber of Commerce
44 West Chesapeake Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204

Friday, March 13, from 10 to 11 a.m.
Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development
400 Washington Avenue, Suite 100
Towson, Maryland 21204

Contact tourism@baltimorecountymd.gov to RSVP for the information sessions or with any questions regarding the grant or application process.

All events must be family-friendly and accessible. Complete grant application information is available on the County Tourism and Cultural Arts web page.

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