The Kern County Board of Supervisors has authorized up to $100,000 to assist qualified non-profit groups with their efforts to entice visitors to bring travel dollars to Kern County. The popular program has provided 259 grants totaling $1,975,000 since its inception in 2001. The 2013-2014 Tourism Promotion Grant Program, administered by the Kern County Board of Trade, provides financial assistance for efforts intended to attract traveler spending to the region.
Tourism is a $1.28 billion-a-year industry in Kern County, according to figures provided by the California Travel and Tourism Commission. The industry supports nearly 13,000 local jobs while generating over $301 million in payroll and $76.6 million in state and local taxes that help pay for important services such as law enforcement, fire protection and public health efforts.
Applications are now being accepted online from any Kern County 501c organization engaged in the promotion of tourism. Go to visitkern.com/grants for complete program guidelines and instructions. Deadline for applications is 5pm, October 18, 2013. For more information, call the Kern County Board of Trade at 661-868-KERN or email at Grants@VisitKern.com.