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Fri December 6, 2013

Grants To Rhinelander Non-Profits Promote Tourism

Lara Reed
Lara Reed
Credit starjournalnow.com

The Rhinelander Tourism Marketing Committee has awarded 13 area non-profits grants to promote winter activities coming up.

Chamber of Commerce Director Lara Reed says the committee awards grants twice a year.....

 

"anybody in the Rhinelader community who is a non-profit organization who works to either host an event or has a program to draw in visitors and tourists is eligible to submit a grant application..."

She says the state requires room tax money collected from visitors be used to attract other visitors...

 

"....those dollars raised as room tax, 70 percent of it needs to be used for tourism, marketing and advertising. So it's basically a circle. Visitors come in, they pay the tax, we use the tax to promote the Rhinelander community to bring in more visitors...."

Since 2006, nearly $114,000 in community grants have been awarded through the program. The next grant cycle will begin next June...