HPCVB GRANT AWARDS ANNOUNCED Area Non-Profits Awarded $256,560 in Arts and Tourism-Related Projects.

"HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 1, 2015 — The High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau (HPCVB) has announced the recipients of the 32nd annual Arts & Tourism Grants Program. Twenty-five area non-profits will receive $256,560 from June 2015 to June 2016. The program has awarded over $4.7 million to 643 projects in its history.

Non-profit organizations may apply for financial assistance for arts or tourism-related projects or events that benefit the High Point area. The program starts in May and applicants are notified of their award amounts by June 30. Interested applicants can access the guidelines and application at www.highpoint.org/arts-tourism-program or call (336) 884-5255 for additional information.

The purpose of the Arts & Tourism Grants Program is for specific tourist-related events or activities, such as arts or cultural events. Organizations should use Arts & Tourism Grant funding for promoting, improving, constructing, financing, or acquiring facilities or attractions that enhance the development of tourism in High Point. The program encourages High Point non-profit agencies to contribute to HPCVB’s mission of promoting and encouraging economic development in High Point through travel and tourism. HPCVB allocated grant money to several new projects this year including:

“Celebrate the Old North State” submitted by the Alexander Martin Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, received $10,600 to hold a six day event, May 9 to 15 showcasing High Point’s history and art during Historic Preservation Month.

The Piedmont Triad International Airport submitted three new projects including a collaboration with local sculpturist, Chuck Foster for $1,500; a partnership with Theatre Art Galleries for an art exhibit for $2,900, and $11,667 for their Fly Easy High Point Marketing Campaign.

The City Project submitted two projects for the return of the Ignite Whistle Stop Concert Series in the amount of $9,417 and the Designer Shop N Stay Event for $2,133.

Southwest Renewal Foundation will receive funding for four projects including the WONDER sculpture for $500; the High Point Garden Tour for $1,500; the High Point by Design Trolley and Antiques Tour $6,000; and the second year of the High Point Core City Public Art Project for $2,600.

Other 2015-2016 grant recipients include: Macedonia Family Resource Center, High Point Area Arts Council, Bienenstock Furniture Library, High Point Community Chorus, Piedmont Artists, Piedmont Soccer Alliance, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont, High Point Parks and Recreation, High Point Historical Society, Friends of John Coltrane, Kilby of Hope, Historic Jamestown Society, Theatre Art Galleries, High Point Ballet, High Point Theatre, Veteran’s Memorial of High Point, High Point Community Theatre, Carl Chavis YMCA, Washington Street Business Association-Hayden Harman Foundation, High Point Community Concert Association and High Point Swim Club.

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About the High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau

The High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau (HPCVB) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and encourage economic development in High Point through travel and tourism. The CVB works closely with meeting planners to bring events to High Point and to enhance their experience here, providing white glove assistance with event planning tasks including registration, transportation, and coordination among various venues. These services ensure that every group event will be successful down to the last detail because we want each visitor to make yourself at home. Established by state legislation in 1984, the HPCVB is an independent 501(c) 6 nonprofit organization funded by a self-imposed three percent room occupancy tax on local hotels. No taxpayer funds — city, county or state—are used to fund the HPCVB. For more information, visit www.highpoint.org."

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