Carroll tourism office seeks state grants to advertise events

November 02, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

Carroll County's office of tourism is applying for three state grants to help pay the advertising costs for certain events, director Joan Meekins told the county commissioners yesterday.

"These are not matching grants," she said.

"They are just advertising dollars for various activities," Ms. Meekins said.

The Farm Museum is applying for money to help advertise the Maryland Wine Festival, the New Windsor Service Center for the International Festival and the tourism office for its annual calendar of events, Ms. Meekins said.

All three applications, due by the end of this month, will be sent through the tourism office, she said. State officials did not set a specific grant amount, Ms. Meekins said.

The criteria state that the grants will not exceed 50 percent of a project's advertising cost, or a maximum $10,000 per project.

Applicants also must show that the projects are supported by the private and public sectors, she said.

Ms. Meekins said she didn't know when the grant awards would be announced.

In other tourism news:

* The Carroll County office received an honorable mention award at the recent Maryland Tourism Council conference in Ocean City for its bed and breakfast brochure. Thomas and Associates of Glen Burnie produced the brochure at a reduced rate of 3 cents per item.

"This was a pro bono piece for us," Ms. Meekins said. "I gave them the contacts and they did all the legwork."

* An hour-long video on five of the county's bed and breakfasts is being produced for Carroll Community Television, Ms. Meekins said.

The video also will be edited to produce a 10-minute short for county promotion purposes and five separate videos for the community access channel, Ms. Meekins said.

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