CAMBRIDGE, OHIO – The Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors & Convention Bureau recently announced 11 local organizations are  recipients of the 2017 Grant Assistance Program (GAP).

Now in its fifth year, the program helps qualified non-profit area tourism events, organizations, and businesses to “fill in the gap.” The grant program assists qualified non-profit organizations with the advertising and promotion of activities which directly increase lodging occupancy in designated periods throughout the year, create positive image building publicity for the Cambridge/ Guernsey County area, and enhance the tourism environment in the area.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Cambridge Lions Club: Rough Truck  and a Booth at Home, Garden & Business Expo
  • Cambridge Main Street: Entertainment for National Road Bike Show & Ribfest and Downtown Walking Brochure
  • Community Improvement Corporation: Forgotten Places & Spaces and Rock the Block
  • Dickens Victorian Village: Gerald Dickens’ performance
  • Guernsey County Community Development Corporation: Outdoor Eco Expo & Sportsman’s Bash
  • Guernsey County Historical Society: History Museum Banner and Booth at Home, Garden & Business Expo
  • National Cambridge Collectors, Inc.: Cambridge Glass Auction, National Cambridge Glass Museum and National Cambridge Glass Collectors Show & Sale
  • National Whitetail Deer Education Center: Spring Fest and Kicking Bear One-on-One
  • Parents United US:  Byesville Gus Macker
  • The Living Word Outdoor Drama: Crusifixed musical performance and Living Word Outdoor Drama brochures
  • Ohio Arts & Crafts Foundation: Salt Fork Arts & Crafts Festival

The VCB has set aside funds in their 2017 budget for the marketing of events and promotions which exhibit positive tourism potential.

The goals of the program are simple:

  • Increase overnight stays in Cambridge/Guernsey County
  • Promote a positive image and increased visibility of the county’s attractions
  • Increase expenditures by visitors to Cambridge/Guernsey County
  • Provide programs and activities beneficial to drawing additional tourists from a 100+ mile radius
  • Feature new or expanded events, projects or programs

Grants were made available from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $5,000 and were contingent upon the amount of overnight stays the event, project or program generates.



For more information, contact the Cambridge/Guernsey County VCB office at 627 Wheeling Avenue, Suite 200 in downtown Cambridge, call 740-432-2022, email, or log onto