bws #1 01/11
OCEAN COUNTY TOURISM GRANT APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE
TOMS RIVER - Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari has announced that applications for the popular annual Ocean County Tourism Promotional Matching Grants
program are now available. The grants are to promote tourism in the county.
Over the years, nonprofit organizations, local business groups and municipalities have used the funds to leverage expenditures by Ocean County tourists
into fund raising dollars for worthy local causes by promoting events of interest to tourists. Other organizations have used funds for brochures listing
activities of interest to shore area visitors.
The grants are available to nonprofit 501 (c) organizations, business organizations and municipal governments for activities that promote tourism in the
county. They are evaluated on a point system, which is included in the application rules. Awards are subject to final approval in the 2011 county budget.
Applications are available from the Ocean County Public Affairs Department by calling 732-929-2000 or 1-800-722-0291, ext. 2000. The grant application can
be downloaded from the Internet at www.co.ocean.nj.us, but five hard copies must be submitted to the Public Affairs Department at 101 Hooper Ave. no later
than Jan. 31 by 5 p.m. Applications will not be accepted via the Internet.
Freeholder Vicari said that in 2010, 61 grants totaling $60,600 were awarded. Organizations must match the grants dollar for dollar. The minimum grant is
for $1000. Funds must be used to promote tourism in Ocean County through activities such as advertising and brochures. They cannot be used for operational
costs or toward items such as fireworks, postage, general newsletters to members or advertising journals.