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Carbon County Hotel Tax Disbursement Program

HOTEL TAX DISTRIBUTION CHANGE: Funds distributed once/year. 

APPLICATION SUBMISSION PERIOD NOW CLOSED FOR 2024

2025 Hotel Tax Allocation

2025 Deadline: Applications due to CCEDC office by January 30, 2025 (for funding distributed on March 30, 2025).

***Please note that due to new guidelines, funding will only be distributed one time per year.***

The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau has delegated to its Room Tax Allocation Committee - RTAC certain responsibilities concerning the solicitation, evaluation and recommendation of tourism-related projects to be funded in part by proceeds from the hotel room tax imposed throughout the four counties of the Pocono Mountains.

General Guidelines:

  1. Annually, the RTAC will provide releases to the media informing eligible non-profit organizations in the county of the availability of monies for tourism-related projects (that primarily bring tourists into the County and encourage overnight stays) and soliciting their inquiries.
  2. The RTAC will provide an application to interested organizations together with a timetable for submissions and deadlines.
  3. Following each deadline, the RTAC will convene to evaluate all applications that have been received and will record its recommendations for funding.
  4. The RTAC will send the report to the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, Inc. (PMVB) for final approval per ACT 18.
  5. Invoices from vendors for approved marketing expenditures will be sent directly to PMVB for payment up to the amount funded by the RTAC subject to payment guidelines established by the PMVB.
  6. Funded program recipients may be required to submit a summary of all expenditures and pertinent project information to the RTAC within 12 months of the conclusion of the funded project.
  7. PMVB branding guidelines will be provided to each program. Branding material should be added to print/digital advertising including, but not limited to websites, billboards and brochures. Any questions should be directed to Brian Bossuyt, Vice President of Marketing (PMVB) at email: bbossuyt@poconos.org or phone: 570-534-4543.
  8. Upon approval of funding, marketing invoices should be sent for payment to Jamie Schmeelk, Director of Accounting (PMVB) at email: jschmeelk@poconos.org or phone: 570-534-4326.

Please be sure to indicate the organization's name along with your contact information on each marketing invoice. An award code will be assigned and must be on all invoices as well.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: For 2025:  January 30, 2025 

See Past Recipients below:

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Carbon County Room Tax Allocation Committee Application for Funds for Tourism-Related Project

ACT 18 requires that monies are to be used for marketing projects to promote tourism in the County. Projects that include construction or other non-marketing-related activities do NOT qualify. Please submit your completed application to the CCEDC Office by JANUARY 30, 2025 for disbursement to be awarded by: MARCH 30, 2025. Once received, we will submit four (4) copies of your application along with your attachments to the committee.

Submit Your Application By E-MAIL

lrex@carboncountychamber.org

 

 

 

Submit Your Application In-Person or Mail to:

Attn: Linda Rex
CCEDC
137 South Street
Lehighton, PA 18235

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