Baltimore County Announces Tourism Grant Program

Baltimore County this week announced the inaugural Baltimore County Tourism Celebration Grant program, a new opportunity to enhance the visitor experience in Baltimore County by leveraging $210,000 in county funding for tourism or cultural arts events.

“This Tourism Celebration Grant will energize our local economy by supporting events that can draw more visitors, build meaningful partnerships, elevate community stakeholders, and better connect residents with all that Baltimore County has to offer,” Baltimore County Executive JohnnyOlszewski said. “We’re excited for the potential of this new opportunity to further enhance arts and tourism opportunities across Baltimore County.”

According to a press release:

Beginning today, individuals and organizations may apply for grants between $2,000 to $20,000 for an event taking place in Baltimore County between April 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021. The grants will require applicants to secure or provide matching funds.

The Tourism Celebration Grant is the latest effort from the Olszewski Administration to expand Baltimore County’s tourism industry as a fundamental pillar of economic development.

A recent study conducted for the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development found that expanded investments and strategic improvements to the tourism sector could generate approximately $7 billion in tourism spending over a 10-year period.

The application process for the Baltimore County Tourism Celebration Grants is now open. Applicants must apply by Thursday, April 2, 2020, at 4 p.m.