The Maine Office of Tourism has awarded grants totaling $57,675 to seven applicants in the most recent round of the Tourism Enterprise Marketing Grant program. The funding will support tourism marketing projects planned for 2017.

Recipients include the Farnsworth Art Museum, Points North Institute/Camden International Film Festival and the Maine Museum Trail, which has stops in Rockland and on Monhegan.

The Enterprise Marketing Grant program was introduced in 2014 by the Maine Office of Tourism to be more responsive in supporting the tourism-related projects of smaller organizations. With the most recent grants, the program has awarded almost $345,000 to support focused tourism marketing projects that are helping to increase visitor traffic to Maine.

"Maine offers such an exciting range of experiences for visitors to enjoy," said Carolann Ouellette, Director of the Maine Office of Tourism. "These awards will help the recipients build on earlier efforts to leverage their unique tourism assets, and take them to the next level."

The Farnsworth is part of a collaborative with Maine Maritime Museum, Boothbay Railway Village and the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest Collaborative that received $10,000 to support an integrated, fall shoulder-season events campaign with print, digital and broadcast to increase visitation to the Midcoast region in October.

Points North Institute/CIFF received $6,500 to help promote Maine's tourism shoulder-season through the destination film festival using digital and PR/media to expand reach to non-film industry publications.

The Maine Art Museum Trail received $10,000 to promote the arts in Maine with a reprint of the art museum trail brochures; and a printed promotional insert in the New York Times New England Edition.

Also receiving spring 2016 Enterprise Tourism Marketing Grant Awards were the Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce, Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and Main Street Skowhegan Brewfest.

Tourism Enterprise Marketing Grants are reviewed and awarded biannually in spring and fall, with awards ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. Eligible nonprofit organizations may also apply for Special Event Marketing Grants. The deadline for applications for the next round of Enterprise Marketing and Special Event grants is Nov. 4. Grant guidelines can be found at visitmaine.com under Maine Tourism Marketing Partnership Program (MTMMP).

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.