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Central PA CVB Tourism Grants

            Thank you for your interest in the Central Pennsylvania CVB Tourism Grant program (TGRC)

The Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau (CPCVB), on behalf of the Centre County Commissioners office, is accepting grant requests for events or projects that will have a positive impact on the tourism industry in Centre County during Fiscal Year 2019-2020.

Please submit your application through the online grant portal: http://www.TGRC.smapply.org   

Upon entering the portal new users will need to Create A New Account to complete the registration process and your login credentials.   Applications received after the deadline or incomplete will not be accepted.

Tourism Grants are only available to organizations located in Centre County. Other restrictions apply.  TGRC Guidelines

The program, which is funded through a room tax enacted by the Centre County Commissioners, will provide financial support to initiatives deemed capable of generating broad and substantial benefit to Centre County tourism.

The set-aside apportionment of the Centre County Room Tax specific to the support of for profit and/or not-for-profit cultural, educational, historical and recreational assets is to be used for underwriting the expense of initiatives by those assets for the purpose of enhancing the tourism experience, increasing tourism and overnight stays within Centre County.  Awards are granted annually on the basis of merit as determined by the Tourism Grant Review Committee (TGRC) and administered by the Centre County Board of Commissioners and Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau (CPCVB) and follow Pennsylvania State Regulations (Act 18 of 2016).


The TGRC Grants Have Been Established to Reach the Following Goals

1. Recognize and support events that have a significant economic impact on Centre County

2. Support organizations and activities that strengthen the perception of Centre County

3. Support applications that are clear, complete and well thought-out

Overall consideration may be increased when an application demonstrates the following:

 • A strong room night impact, with demand generation at a time of need

 • New projects OR projects that have significant changes from prior year’s event


2019 Timeline

TGRC application opens on February 4, 2019.

Grant applications for 2019 are due by 4 p.m., March 31, 2019.

Recipients of 2019 TGRC Grants will be announced by May 31, 2019.

Grant recipient must provide at least a .25 percent match of the grant amount.

Post grant reports are due 90 days after completion of program.

For questions about the grant program please contact our Grant Administrator, Lori Miller


Training for the new online portal is available as a Youtube Video or

at the Centre County/Penn State Visitors Center, 800 E. Park Ave., State College, PA for the following dates and times

Tuesday, February 5, 2019:    8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. ; 12 noon – 1 p.m. ; 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019:  12 noon – 1 p.m.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

R.S.V.P. to Lorim@visitpennstate.org or by calling 814-231-1401, ext. 307.