PMVB Community Impact Grant funds even more initiatives in second year

From enhancing parks and beautifying boroughs to restoring historic landmarks and boosting event security, 37 regional projects are receiving a major financial boost through the PMVB Community Impact Grant from the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau (PMVB).

Now in its second year, the 2023 program has awarded a total of $300,372 among local governments, agencies, and organizations to support a variety of projects that aim to improve the quality of life in communities across Wayne, Pike, Monroe, and Carbon counties.

“This is one of the ways tourism gives back in the Poconos,” said Chris Barrett, President/CEO of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau. “By funding impactful projects, which will be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike, we are saying ‘thank you’ to our local governments and organizations for hosting the 30 million guests who visit the Poconos each year.”

In the past two years, the PMVB Community Impact Grant, which utilizes funds from the Hotel Occupancy Tax, has awarded a total of $549,314 among 60 projects. Information about future rounds of funding will be posted, once available, on

Recipients of 2023 Community Impact Grant:

Organization Name


Project Description

Barrett Township $12,527 Benches, grills, trash receptacles, more parking for High Acres Park
Chestnuthill Township $15,000 Chestnuthill Township Park ADA accessible restrooms
Delaware Water Gap Borough $  2,244 Enhancing trails & parks, installing kiosk
Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Co. $  5,000 Landscaping refurbish & upgrades
Go Collaborative $15,000 Expanding Snowmen of Stroudsburg
Gouldsboro Area Foundation $  5,000 Gouldsboro Train Station beautification & benches
Hamilton Township $  5,000 Beautifying tour-friendly historic manor house
Hawley Borough $10,000 Kiosks & upgrades to Bingham Park
Honesdale Borough $10,000 Mobile stage for Central Park
Jim Thorpe Borough $  9,577 Asa Packer Mansion upgrades, ADA improvements to traffic light in historic district
Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency $  8,000 Seasonal planters, replacing banners in historic district
Lackawaxen Township $  8,529 Welcome signage & landscape upgrades
Lanford Alive $  3,000 Repairs to restored, historical jail
Lehighton Downtown Partnership $  5,000 Benches for downtown Lehighton
Lehman Township $15,000 Lehman Township Community Park improvements
Matamoras Borough $  7,789 Commercial district beautification (Rt 6/209)
Middle Smithfield Township $10,000 Expanding Veterans’ Memorial
Milford Borough $12,500 Adding historical shutters to Old Jail building
Milford Community House $  5,000 Outdoor performance pavilion
Milford Garden Club $  2,000 Milford beautification
Mount Pocono Borough $15,000 Knob Overlook tree trimming, borough building LED signage & flag poles
Nesquehoning Conservation Club $  3,313 Nature Park signage, trail & parking improvements
No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum $  5,000 Museum upgrades
Palmerton Borough $  9,418 Clock Park beautification & lighting
Pocono Arts Council $  5,000 Beautification & signage for new location
Pocono Township $15,000 Parking & trailhead access to Old Learn Farm
Polk Township $  5,000 Township signage, Nature Park kiosk, Walking Park picnic tables
Smithfield Township $10,005 Minisink Park dead tree removal
Stroud Region Open Space & Recreation Commission $     762 McMichael Creek Walk - Pollinator Pathway efforts
Stroudsburg Borough $15,000 Removable security bollards for Courthouse Square events
Stroudsburg Fire Dept. $  4,807 Restoring historical fire bell for public display
Summit Hill Borough $  4,975 Ludlow Park electrical box replacement
Tobyhanna Township $15,000 UTV for parks & grounds maintenance
Tunkhannock Township $15,000 Replacing playground & ballfield fencing
Waymart Borough $  2,000 Signage near Wayside Park
Wayne County Historical Society $  3,925 Main Museum lighting improvements
Wayne Library Authority $  5,000 Signage, landscaping, outdoor seating among seven libraries


Pocono Mountains visitor information is available online at or by phone at (570) 421-5791. Follow @PoconoTVNetwork on X (formerly Twitter) to stay current with up-to-date information. 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.