Plus, additional $300K allocated to support even more 2024 initiatives

From enhancing park access and beautifying boroughs to restoring historic landmarks and boosting public programming, the 2024 PMVB Community Impact Grant has awarded $309,554 among 38 regional projects. In addition, the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau (PMVB) is pleased to announce that applications are re-opening for a second time to provide an additional $300,000 towards even more community projects.

Now in its third year, the PMVB Community Impact Grant has awarded a total of $958,166 among 104 projects since 2022. Total contributions will surpass the million-dollar mark following the second round of 2024 funding. Utilizing funds from the Hotel Occupancy Tax, the program is one of the many ways that tourism continues giving back in the Pocono Mountains.

“We established this grant program to say ‘thank you’ to local communities that do so much for residents, as well as the 30 million tourists who visit the Poconos each year. Providing a financial boost for impactful projects across the region benefits all who live, work, play, and learn in the Pocono Mountains,” said Chris Barrett, President/CEO of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau.

Local governments including, but not limited to, boroughs and townships as well as municipal and redevelopment authorities are eligible to apply for funding to support projects that aim to enhance the quality of life in Wayne, Pike, Monroe, and Carbon counties.

Applications for the second round of funding open this Friday, April 5, 2024, and will be accessible through Monday, May 6, 2024. Projects approved in the first round are not eligible to re-apply. At least a 50% match is required, and the grant cap request is $20,000. The application and additional details about project requirements will be available at

Recipients of 2024 Community Impact Grant:

2024 Round One Recipients


Project Description

Chestnuthill Township $14,877 Little Mexico trailhead improvements
Delaware Highlands Conservancy $16,375 Van Scott Nature Reserve accessibility
Delaware Water Gap $     900 Town Hall beautification
East Stroudsburg University $20,000 ESU Warrior Café (phase two)
Family Promise of the Poconos $  1,000 ADA accessible additions and landscaping to emergency shelter for homeless families in Milford
Family Promise of the Poconos $  1,060 Beautifying property on Main Street in Stroudsburg
GO Collaborative $  3,180 Inviting alley art on Main Street
GO Collaborative $  1,677 Ann Street Park hand-painted murals
GO Collaborative $12,000 Expand Snowmen of Stroudsburg project
Grey Towers Heritage Assoc. $  5,304 Replace six educational signs around Grey Towers National Historic Site Mansion
Harmony in the Woods Foundation $  4,000 Enhance Harmony in the Woods season four concerts
Hawley Borough $  9,990 Community program and park improvements
Honesdale Borough $11,448 New switchback entrance at Gibbons Park for safe public access to Irving Cliff Trail
Jackson Township $  7,500 Park improvements, safety netting at baseball fields
Jim Thorpe Borough $10,000 Refurbish Victorian street lights downtown
Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency $  7,500 Replace two Jim Thorpe welcome signs
Kettle Creek Environmental Fund $18,000 Reconstruct and enhance Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center main entrance
Lansford Alive $  1,500 Flag replacement and borough-wide beautification
Lansford Historical Society $  3,500 1850 Welsh Church ceiling replacement
Lehman Township $10,000 Community Park improvements
Mahlon S. Kemmerer Memorial Park Center Inc. $  9,285 Kemmerer Park Pavilion roof and floor repairs in downtown Jim Thorpe
Milford Borough $10,000 Refurbish and renew pedestrian lights downtown
Milford Garden Club $  3,500 Milford borough beautification
Mount Pocono Borough $14,253 The Knob Overlook improvements
Monroe Co. Historical Assoc. $20,000 Purchase display cases for Stroud Mansion
Monroe Co. Transportation Authority $20,000 Support Transit in the Park - free shuttle service in
Palmerton Borough $10,000 Installation of pickleball court
Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center $10,000 Improve drainage and landscaping
Polk Township $10,000 Walking Park playground equipment and installation
Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm $  3,000 Upgrade entrances with new signage and landscaping
Ross Township $  4,250 Outdoor refurbishments at museum entrance
Smithfield Township $  7,955 Park grills and disc golf improvements
Stroudsburg Borough $  2,000 Install dog park at Glen Park
Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church $10,000 New playground and recreation space (phase one)
Stroud Region Open Space and Recreation Commission $  2,000 Stroud Township dog park near Brodhead Creek Park
Upper Delaware Council $  1,000 Enhance Upper Delaware Litter Sweep efforts
Wayne Co. Community Foundation $10,000 Semiquincentennial Bell permanent display at Hawley Silk Mill campus
Wayne Co. Historical Society $  2,500 Main Street beautifications


Pocono Mountains visitor information is available online at or by phone at (570) 421-5791. Established in 1934, the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is a private, non-profit membership organization. The PMVB is the official destination marketing organization for the four counties of Wayne, Pike, Monroe, and Carbon in Northeastern Pennsylvania.