HONESDALE – The Wayne County Tourism and Promotion Committee has announced the recipients of the 2016 Tourism Grant Program.

The program, which is run through the Hotel Excise Tax, began in 2005.

Nonprofit organizations are able to apply for tourism promotion funds to “help promote their event and/or their attraction for out of town visitors.”

“They [tourism committee] looked at it slightly differently this year due to the fact the county has been in discussions with the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau about a potential billboard campaign, which will be paid directly out of the tourism dollars,” stated Chief Clerk Vicky Botjer.

“It will help a lot of these organizations promote their events. That's what we will be attempting to put on the billboards.”

There were around $40,000 worth of requests for the program. A maximum of $2,000 is allotted per organization, but more could be awarded if there was a partnership.

A total of $21,537 was awarded this year.

“There are a couple of new things,” Botjer said.

“NEP Sno Trails...are putting out an updated brochure and distribution of their trail systems.

“Canaltown LLC is a group that's trying to bring some cultural type of events into Honesdale. This is their spooky movie fest, which will be around Halloweentime.

“The Local History Passport, this is a project that Tom Kennedy originally started. The Wayne and Pike Historical Societies...are all very small and have very limited budgets so they were trying to get them to all work together.”

Botjer added you can get the passport stamped at the historical societies in each county.

The 2016 recipients include:

• The Cooperage Project-$2,000 for tabletop day and holiday artisans events

• NEP Sno Trails-$2,000 for brochure development and distribution

• Penny House 5K-$1,687 for a billboard for the 100th Lake Ariel Fire Company events

• Equinunk Historical Society-$600 for the annual event flyer

• Waystock-Parties in the Park-$1,500 for August Music Festival marketing

• Lacawac Sanctuary-$2,000 for events, rack cards and a brochure

• Canaltown LLC-$750 for Spooky Movie Fest marketing

• Greater Honesdale Partnership-$1,000 for event marketing

• Creative Arts Council-$2,000 for summer concerts in the park

• Wayne County Historical Society-$1,000 for brochure development and distribution

• Downtown Hawley Partnership/Wally Lake Fest/Winterfest-$2,000 for event promotion

• Women's Club of Honesdale-$1,000 for antique show promotion

• Wayne County Arts Alliance-$2,000 for studio tour event on Aug. 19-21

• Local History Passport-$2,000 for publication and distribution

The organizations get half of the money up front and are required to submit a closeout report

“Most of the projects for funded for what they asked for, except for things we want to roll into the billboard,” Botjer said.

Other business

• The sale of a 2007 Ford Expedition, which is a former EMA vehicle, was approved. It is being sold to Jeff Durante for $1,000.

• Marissa Diehl was hired as a summer 4-H assistant, effective March 14-Aug. 19. The salary was set at $9 an hour.