Grant Money Coming to the Valley

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- More than $750,00 in new grant money is pushing a multi-billion dollar industry in Virginia, tourism.

More than 40 tourism partners are receiving grants from the Virginia Tourism Corporation, including a handful from right here in the Valley.

In Augusta County, the local chamber of commerce is getting a $5,000 matching grant for its Good Times, Tastes and Traditions Festival, featuring "Farming in the Valley."

Meanwhile, another agritourism project, the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission's Fields of Gold is receiving more than $3,000.

"These two programs that have been grant-funded help continue to drive that and push those efforts to attract more visitors to our area and help increase the visibility and awareness of agriculture, not only in Augusta County but in the entire Shenandoah Valley," said Amanda Glover, Augusta County's economic development director.

Other partners in our area receiving grant money include the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, the Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, and the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester.

Each is receiving about $25,000 in matching grants. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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