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Visitor bureau awards another $7,000 for area tourism grants
Three additional projects aimed at increasing tourism in Clallam County have been funded by the Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau. Grants include:
• ASB Sprint Boat Races, $2,000. Two races will take place in 2014, Aug. 9 and Sept. 6. Much of the promotion will be off the Olympic Peninsula to the Seattle and Victoria markets, encouraging overnight stays. See www.extremesportspark.net.
• “Paint the Peninsula” Plein Air Competition, $2,500. This eight-day event will bring 30 artists to paint outside for 4½ days across the Olympic Peninsula. Sponsored by the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, this event also includes a judging competition, concluding with a viewing and sales in the gallery. See www.paintthepeninsula.org.
• North Olympic Discovery Marathon, $2,500, to promote the race between Sequim and Port Angeles along the Olympic Discovery Trail. See nodm.com.
About the grants
Tourism Enhancement Grant funds are earmarked to encourage longterm economic growth through tourism-related projects or events that attract overnight destination guests. The bureau distributes these funds locally as long as funds are available.
Grant guidelines and applications are available at www.olympicpeninsula.org/page/tourism-grants, or call Diane Schostak at 452-8552.
Year to date, $24,550 has been awarded. There is $10,450 remaining in available TEG funds.