BEL AIR — Harford County Executive Barry Glassman is pleased to announce that 25 local nonprofits will receive $1.5 million in fiscal year 2020 to plan and implement tourism-related activities.

Now in its fifth consecutive year, Harford County’s competitive award program is funded by the local hotel/lodging fee initiated by the Glassman administration in March 2015. The program supports historical, cultural, agricultural, heritage and eco-tourism operations, boosting local economic activity and strengthening attractions enjoyed by tourists and residents alike.

“Visitors from outside of Harford County fund our tourism program, and tourism is a good investment,” County Executive Barry Glassman said. “It supports thousands of local jobs and generates $1 million a day in economic impact in Harford County alone.”

To be eligible for funding, nonprofits must be 501 ©(3) or 501 ©(6) organizations. The Harford County Office of Community & Economic Development (OCED) oversees the competitive funding application process that was open earlier this year from mid-January to mid-April.

OCED held two workshops to answer questions from interested organizations and assisted with the application process. The workshops focused on three critical criteria that enhanced eligibility: organizations must be in good standing with the state, programs or activities must be able to draw visitors from outside the borders of Harford County and the extent to which program implementation depends on receiving funding.

The Harford County Tourism Advisory Committee reviews all applications and makes recommendations to the county executive. Recommendations are made to serve the greatest number of recipients while focusing on organizational accountability and sustainability.

This year’s funding recipients have been sent a notification letter from County Executive Glassman announcing their award amount. An award package from OCED will follow with guidelines for executing a memorandum of agreement, quarterly performance and budget reporting templates, and procedures for receiving funding. Once packet materials are fully executed, funds will be made available after July 1.

Nonprofit organizations receiving contributions for FY2020 are listed below:

• Bel Air Downtown Alliance Inc.: $45,000 in general operating support for special events in Downtown Bel Air

• Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County, Maryland Inc.: $21,500 for operations and marketing for First Lego League Team competition

• Community Projects of Havre de Grace Inc. (The Havre de Grace Colored School Foundation): $30,000 for operations and marketing of multiple programs

• Friends of Concord Point Lighthouse Incorporated: $18,000 for operations

• Harford Artists’ Association Inc.: $7,500 for marketing and event support

• Harford Community College Foundation Inc.: $40,000 for expanded event marketing/support

• Harford County Farm Fair Inc.: $45,000 for fair operations

• Havre de Grace Alliance Inc.: $38,000 for operations

• Havre de Grace Arts Collective Inc.: $15,000 for operations and marketing

• Havre de Grace Decoy Museum: $80,000 for operations and marketing

• Havre de Grace Maritime Museum Inc.: $35,000 for operations

• Highland Community Association Inc.: $50,000 for operations and marketing

• Hosanna Community House Incorporated: $45,000 for operations of multiple events

• Joppatowne Recreation Council: $5,000 for Joppatowne Arts Festival support

• Maryland Center for the Visual and Performing Arts Inc.: $50,000 for operations and marketing

• Rockfield Foundation Incorporated: $25,000 for operations, outreach and event support

• Soroptimist International of Havre de Grace Inc.: $5,000 for the Havre de Grace Arts Show

• Steppingstone Museum Association Inc.: $50,000 for operations and programs

• Susquehanna Museum of Havre de Grace Inc.: $35,000 for Lock House operations

• Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra Inc.: $25,000 for operations and outreach

• Susquehannock Wildlife Society Inc.: $55,000 for operations

• The Historical Society of Harford County Inc.: $40,000 for operations

• The Liriodendron Foundation Inc.: $70,000 for operations and outreach

• The Trustees of The Ladew Topiary Gardens Inc.: $55,000 for operations and outreach

• Visit Harford! Inc.: $615,000 for operations and outreach.

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