Officials say the grants will impact at least 282 other statewide tourism entities.
The grant program aims to leverage marketing dollars through local partnerships. To apply for a grant, at least three cities, chambers of commerce, attractions or other entities must partner financially.
The Virginia Tourism Corporation awards about $1.7 million annually to more than 80 communities across Virginia. Those funds are usually matched 3 to 1 by partner dollars.
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