For Immediate Release

Contact: Patsy Ensminger, (301) 600-4043,

Date: January 23, 2014

Tourism Council of Frederick County Announces Tourism Reinvestment in Promotion and Product (TRIPP) Program for FY15

Frederick, MD -- The Tourism Council of Frederick County (TCFC) has announced that it will be accepting applications for a cooperative advertising funding and product development grant program called TRIPP, short for Tourism Reinvestment in Promotion and Product.  The program has awarded over $1.5 million to local non-profits since its inception.

The Tourism Reinvestment in Promotion and Product (TRIPP) program has been developed to allocate a portion of the hotel tax revenue that is directed to TCFC through a competitive application process that funds advertising and development projects for non-profit attractions, events, and activities.  The TRIPP program has been budgeted at $200,000 for FY15 (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015).

Frederick County non-profit organizations are encouraged to review information on the website:  and consider applying for the program.  Proposals should be consistent with the TCFC’s goals of increasing the number of visits, the average length-of-stay by visitors, and visitor expenditures in Frederick County. Applications will be evaluated by a five-member selection committee appointed by the TCFC Board of Directors.

In FY15, the TRIPP Program will award funding in four categories: Advertising/Trade Show Funding, Product Development Grants, Group Overnight Incentive Program and the Unanticipated Opportunity Fund.

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend one of two workshops on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 or Thursday, February 13, 2014.  Applications are due to TCFC by Monday, March 31, 2014 and the announcement of funding awards will be made the week of May 12, 2014.

 FY15 TRIPP Program information, including forms, applications, and deadlines, can be found online at Questions should be directed to TRIPP Program, Tourism Council of Frederick County, Inc., 151 S. East Street, Frederick, MD, (301) 600-4043, or