42 Va. tourism initiatives to receive state grants


Associated Press

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 1:11 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Forty-two local tourism initiatives in Virginia will receive state matching grants totaling more than $750,000.
Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the grants from the Virginia Tourism Corporation's Marketing Leverage Grant program on Monday. The grants range from $2,500 to $50,000.
Grant recipients must provide a minimum two-to-one match.
McDonnell says in a news release that the grants will enable localities to more effectively market themselves to potential visitors.

Details on the grant awards are below:




Town of Big Stone Gap

Big Stone Gap The Movie Regional Promotion

$ 5,000.00

Garth Newel Music Center

Great Escapes: Garth Newel Music Center and Fort Lewis Lodge

$ 25,000.00

Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau

Create Repeat Visitation Through Stellar Customer Service

$ 50,000.00

Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority

Appalachian Backroads - Motorcycle & Scenic Driving Tours/Trails

$ 10,000.00

City of Salem-Tourism Office

Summer Love in Salem

$ 50,000.00

Museum of the Confederacy

Countdown to the Sesquicentennial

$ 14,500.00

Wytheville Convention & Visitors Bureau

Fun for Everyone: Festivals & Events in the Wytheville Area

$ 50,000.00

Montgomery County Regional Tourism Office

Content Creation for Inaugural Montgomery County Regional Website and Visitor's Guide

$ 20,000.00

Virginia Arts Festival

Engage, Inspire, Build - Embracing Social & Digital Media to Expand Audiences

$ 50,000.00

Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation

Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District 2014-2016 Marketing Campaign

$ 25,360.00

Friends of the Culpeper County Library

Culpeper Tells…A Festival of Words

$ 8,750.00

The Crooked Road

Miles & Miles of Music Festival

$ 50,000.00

Surry County Government

Branding Surry County: Yes, Virginia, There is a Surry County


$ 50,000.00

Appalachian Sustainable Development

Get Rooted in Appalachia - Local Food Campaign

$ 31,900.00

Visit Loudoun Foundation

Visit Loudoun Research Program

$ 25,860.00

Paralyzed Veterans of America, Mid-Atlantic Chapter

The Richmond Regional Ride Center (RRRC)

$ 10,000.00

Halifax County Dept. of Tourism

Halifax-Mecklenburg Blueway

$ 10,000.00

City of Alexandria, Office of Historic Alexandria

Alexandria War of 1812 Commemoration

$ 10,000.00

County of Mecklenburg

Petersburg to Appomattox Campaign

$ 13,500.00

Abingdon Main Street

Shop, Dine, Play and Stay Downtown

$ 5,000.00

Waynesboro Parks and Recreation

Valley Race Series Promotion

$ 2,500.00

Historic Manassas Inc

Visitmanassas.org Website Makeover

$ 4,250.00

Martinsville-Henry County EDC's Tourism & Film Division

Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia: A Visual Tour

$ 3,516.50

Smyth County Tourism Association

Southwest Virginia Flyfishing Trail

$ 15,310.33

Visit Loudoun

Epicurience Virginia

$ 50,000.00

Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center

Luray and Page County: Beauty and Adventure on Every Level

$ 25,000.00

Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

87th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival ‘The Land of Pink & Green!’

$ 25,000.00

Rassawek Vineyard

Visit Goochland/Rassawek Spring Jubilee

$ 2,500.00

Starr Hill Brewery LLC

Starr Hill Brewery 2013 Marketing and Events Program

$ 25,000.00

City of Poquoson

Poquoson is the Place for Tourism

$ 2,557.50


Coastal Virginia Wine Fest

$ 12,500.00

Out of the Woodwork Productions

The Virginia Renaissance Faire Marketing for 2013-14

$ 4,988.27

Mountain Cove Vineyard

Jefferson Heritage Trail

$ 5,000.00

Virginia Highland Festival

Get Your Kicks

$ 6,281.50

Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission

Fields of Gold - Shenandoah Valley's Farm Trail

$ 3,250.00

Ashland Main Street Association

Find Your Passion in Ashland: The Center of Universe

$ 5,000.00


Tall Ships at Cape Charles Festival 2014

$ 5,000.00

Madison Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center

Madison County Tourism “Ride, Hike, Taste, Stay”

$ 5,000.00

The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce

Good Times, Tastes & Traditions; featuring Farming in the Valley

$ 5,000.00

Orange Downtown Alliance

edible Food Fest in Orange

$ 5,000.00

Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center

Tennis is for Lovers in Virginia Beach

$ 25,000.00

Cove Ridge Foundation

Virginia Is For Lovers of Southwest Virginia Mountain Parks

$ 2,500.00