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Tourism Grants Awarded To New Hope-Area Destinations, Organizations

The program is providing funding to local groups and destinations.

Bowman’s Wildflower Preserve. File photo.

The Bucks County Tourism Grant Program has announced the distribution of $574,650 in grants to 56 organizations, including some in the New Hope area.

Established in 2008, the collaborative program between Visit Bucks County and Bucks County government plays a key role in the development and growth of the county’s tourism sector, officials said.

Funded by a portion of the lodging tax collected from visitors staying in hotels, bed and breakfasts, and home-shares in Bucks County, the program has provided more $6.7 million to more than 130 organizations since its inception.

The grants can be used for various undertakings, including marketing initiatives, special events and exhibitions, product development, and capital improvements that bolster tourism.

The Charles H. Martin Grant, named in honor of former Bucks County Commissioner Martin’s dedication to the program. The 2023 recipient of the special award is the Friends of Washington Crossing Park in Upper Makefield and Solebury townships.

The 2023 grant recipients encompass a wide range of cultural, historical, and community organizations.

They are:

African American Museum of Bucks County
Arete Gallery
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
Bristol Borough Raising the Bar
Bristol Riverside Theatre
Bucks County Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
Bucks County Community College Foundation
Bucks County Covered Bridge Society
Bucks County Gilbert & Sullivan Society
Bucks County Historical Society
Bucks County Playhouse
Bucks County Symphony Society
Bucks County Wine Trail
Cantus Novus
Concordia Chamber Players
Craven Hall Historical Society
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
Doylestown Business and Community Alliance
Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance of Climbers
Experience Yardley
Fractured Atlas
Friends of Bolton Mansion
Friends of Peace Valley Nature Center
Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center
Friends of the Delaware CanalFriends of Washington Crossing Park
Gather Place
Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce
Heritage Conservancy
Historic Fallsington, Inc.
Hortulus Farm Foundation
James A. Michener Art Museum
La Fiocco
Lenape Chamber Ensemble
MSH Productions LLC
New Hope Arts, Inc
New Hope Helping
New Hope Historical Society
Newtown Chamber Orchestra
Newtown Theatre
Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society
Oscar Hammerstein Museum & Theatre Education Center
PBR Productions
Pearl S. Buck International
Peddler’s Village
Perkasie Town Improvement Association
Quakertown Historical Society
Snipes Farm and Education Center
Spinnerstown Hotel, Inc.
The Andalusia Foundation
The Johnsville Centrifuge and Science Museum, Inc.
The Pennsbury Society
The TileWorks of Bucks County
TMA Bucks Foundation
Warwick Township Historic Society

The latest data from 2022 revealed a boost in Bucks County’s tourism sector, with 8 million visitors contributing to a $1.2 billion in economic impact. The sector has been instrumental in supporting a hospitality workforce of over 27,800 jobs in the county, according to Visit Bucks County, citing numbers from Econsult Solutions Inc.

Tourism officials said the figures indicate a healthy year-over-year growth for the tourism industry.

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