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Greater Augusta Regional Tourism announces spring grant program

economic-forecast-headerGreater Augusta Regional Tourism (GART) announced the release of the spring grant program applications today.

GART, which incorporates tourism efforts from Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro, willfocus on businesses operating within those localities.  The program enables up to four grant awards of $2,500 maximum pergrant.

Judges for the GART grants will include all GART Board members as well as one independent representative.  The deadlineto turn in applications is February 8th at 5:00p.m.  Grant recipients will be announced on March 8th, 2015.

Applications will be evaluated based on the degree of impact upon tourism in the region, the use of new initiatives applied tothe tourism sector, and strength of partnerships and creativity.  “Grants such as these enable our tourism partners to more effectively market themselves to potential visitors,” said Sheryl Wagner, Staunton Tourism Director and current GART Chair.  “When more tourists come to Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro, the localities realize increased tax revenues and our local businesses thrive.”

“GART grants are a productive way to encourage businesses and organizations providing experiences that tell the story of our area for visitors and residents alike,” said Courtney Cranor, Assistant Director of  Economic Development and Tourismin Waynesboro.

Those interested in applying for the GART grant may contact Sheryl Wagner, GART Chair, at 540-332-3865.

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