Tourism grants available for Alcorn agencies

CATEGORY: Alcorn County

AUTHOR: SUMMER

Tourism grants available for Alcorn agencies

By Jane Clark Summers

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The Corinth Area Tourism Promotion Council is taking applications from agencies in Alcorn County for $60,000 in grants.

In addition, the council will be spending $60,000 in advertising and promotion and is seeking requests for inclusion of information about local events, sites or attractions.

It is the council’s way of sharing proceeds from the 2 percent tourism tax on prepared food and lodgings. The tourism tax was expanded last year to cover restaurants in addition to hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfast inns.

Tourism Director Nancy Plesnarski said there are two types of grants available for this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

The council is offering assistance through advertising and promotion, which does not involve transfer of funds. The council will be purchasing magazine, newspaper, radio, television and billboard advertising; printing brochures and calendars of events; and putting together media kits. If applications for advertising grants are approved, the council will include winning applicants’ information in the council’s advertising campaign.

The second type of assistance will be community grants for construction, repair/and or improvement of tourism and tourism-related sites. Those projects involving preservation and enhancement of existing sites will have priority. Funds cannot be used for salaries or operating expenses.

Plesnarski said priority will be given to agencies that are providing additional funding for a proposed project.

The council will meet May 9 to consider applications and will announce winners at a press conference May 10. Those applicants not winning awards this time are encouraged to resubmit applications for the next round of funding beginning Oct. 1, 1996.

For more information, contact Plesnarski at the Alliance Office on Tate Street or by calling 287-5269.

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