PMVB Community Impact Grant round two recipients announced for 2024

Within three short years, the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau (PMVB) has awarded more than $1 million among 129 community projects in Wayne, Pike, Monroe, and Carbon counties through the PMVB Community Impact Grant.

Utilizing Hotel Occupancy Tax funds generated from overnight stays in the four-county region, the PMVB Community Impact Grant is one example of how tourism gives back in the Pocono Mountains.

While the program has awarded funds once per year since its creation in 2022, the PMVB doubled its investment this year by recently re-opening applications for a second round of funding to support even more community initiatives (see below for 2024 round two recipients).

In round two of funding for 2024, $224,357 has been awarded among 24 community projects, bringing the grand total to $1,186,833 distributed among 129 regional projects.

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

“We are Pocono Proud to support local communities and organizations that provide wonderful experiences and opportunities for all who live, work, play, and learn in the Pocono Mountains. This program, which benefits local residents and tourists alike, is one way the PMVB can say ‘thank you’ for hosting the 30 million visitors to the Pocono Mountains each year,” said Chris Barrett, President/CEO, Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau.

Local governments including, but not limited to, boroughs and townships as well as municipal and redevelopment authorities were eligible to apply for funding to support projects that aim to enhance the quality of life in Wayne, Pike, Monroe, and Carbon counties. At least a 50% match was required, with a $20,000 grant cap request.

Once available, information about the 2025 PMVB Community Impact Grant will be posted at

Round Two Recipients of 2024 Community Impact Grant:

2024 Round Two Recipients


Project Description

Barrett Township $20,000 Barrett Administrative & Recreation Complex signage
Chestnuthill Township $20,000 Decorative lighting at new Brodheadsville roundabouts
East Stroudsburg University $20,000 Warrior Café Phase 2
East Stroudsburg University $  1,250 Empty Bowls Fundraiser
GO Collaborative $  2,000 Connecting with Cultures mural
GO Collaborative $  1,350 Security cameras for Main Street, Stroudsburg
GO Collaborative $  1,162 Rechargeable sweeper for Main Street, Stroudsburg
Hawley Borough $  2,225 Nature assets enhancements, security
Jim Thorpe Borough $20,000 Asa Packer Mansion porch replacement
Mahlon S. Kemmerer Memorial Park Center Inc. $  1,750 Park beautifications
Matamoras Borough $  3,656 Pennsylvania Avenue (Rt 6/209) beautification
Mauch Chunk Cemetery Association $  5,600 Roadway restoration for visitor safety
Middle Smithfield Township $20,000 Tidy Township initiative
Monroe County Commissioners Rec Fields $19,850 Enhancements for new adult soccer fields in Snydersville
Palmerton Chamber of Commerce $  4,000 Trash receptacles for Delaware Avenue
Parryville Borough $  3,995 Basketball court enhancements
Pocono Mountains United Way $15,000 Rebranding project with Born Learning Trails
Pocono Township Police Department $20,000 Creation of Drone Program
Stroudsburg Borough $  5,769 Sweeper for downtown sidewalk cleanings
Stroud Region Open Space and Recreation Commission $20,000 Infrastructure for new dog park
Stroud Region Open Space and Recreation Commission $  5,000 Dansbury & Stroudsburg Pool signage, improvements
Stroud Region Open Space and Recreation Commission $  1,000 Day Street Community Center picnic patio, beautification
Tunkhannock Township $  7,500 Baseball field backstop fence replacement
Wayne County Community Foundation $  3,250 Creative Communities Art Trails Project


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.