Following a recent subcommittee meeting, the Patrick County Tourism Advisory Council (TAC) awarded nearly $26,000 in local business incentives to successful applicants throughout the county. This marks the first year of the grant, something that is unique within the state of Virginia, according to Joseph Quesenberry, tourism and marketing director.\r\nQuesenberry said the tourism small business grant was \u201cdeveloped and implemented by TAC with the assistance of the county tourism office\u2026to address a growing need to assist the local tourism economy in Patrick County\u2026(and) to perpetuate our county as a premier tourist destination.\u201d\r\nJoanne Spangler, current chairman of TAC, said she was \u201cincredibly pleased with the large amount of interest generated in the first year of the grant.\u201d\r\n\u201cFor us, both as county citizens and as council members, it\u2019s truly pleasing to see that we are able to assist our tourism industry in so many different ways,\u201d Spangler said. \u201cI look forward to continuing these efforts in the years to come.\u201d\r\nFor the current cycle of grant applications, eleven applicants were awarded a total of $25,800 in grants that operate on a reimbursement basis.\r\nEligible items, such as new and increased signage, marketing materials, fa\u00e7ade and grounds improvements, may be purchased by the business owner. Once purchased, receipts and proof of installation are then submitted to the county tourism office for final approval and disbursement of funds. Funds must be expended within 90 days of the award letter.\r\nBusinesses and organizations awarded the grants are: Gingerbread Creations, $2,000; Mattie B\u2019s, $500; WHEO, $1,000; Vesta Community Center, $900; Wanda\u2019s Jewelry, $1,500; Wayside Park, $5,000; Wilville Bike Park, $3,000; Quilted Colors, $900; Stanburn Winery, $1,000; Stuart Rotary Club, $5,000; and Outdoor Entertainment, $5,000.\r\nFor more information regarding the grant or other tourism-related issues, please contact the county tourism office at 276-694-6094 or firstname.lastname@example.org.