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BELLINGHAM – The MetroWest Visitors Bureau announced today, April 28, the recipients of its spring cycle of mini-grants. The awards, totaling $70k, are funded through the Bureau and the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism to promote MetroWest events, attractions, businesses, services, cultural and recreational opportunities.

“Through these grant projects we are able to highlight our region and stimulate economic recovery,” said Erin Lynch, Executive Director of the Bureau. “We are attracting visitors while generating local enthusiasm and support for MetroWest community businesses.”

One of 16 Regional Tourism Councils in Massachusetts, the MetroWest Visitors Bureau participates in the state’s MyLocalMA campaign encouraging Massachusetts residents to eat, shop and stay local, and the Bureau’s mini-grant program aligns with that mission.

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“As travel begins to open up again, it remains critical to include MetroWest in your plans. Our local hotels and attractions have been very hard hit and still need help to survive,” said Lynch

Throughout the spring and summer, the Bureau will be releasing updates on the funded projects.

Grant recipients are as follows:

  • Amazing Things Art Center (Framingham)
  • Arts Wayland Foundation (Wayland)
  • Franklin Performing Arts Company (Franklin)
  • Halloween New England (Southborough)
  • Hopkinton Center for the Arts (Hopkinton)
  • Jack’s Abby MayFest (Framingham)

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  • Marlborough Economic Development Corporation (Marlborough)
  • MetroWest Chamber of Commerce (Framingham)
  • Natick Center Cultural District (Natick)
  • The VERVE Hotel (Natick)
  • Town of Franklin – Visitors Center (Franklin)
  • XUA Inc. – Brazilian Food and Entertainment Compendium (Framingham)


About the MetroWest Visitors Bureau — As the only regional organization with the mission of stimulating the MetroWest economy by marketing the region’s assets, the MetroWest Visitors Bureau has served hundreds of businesses, nonprofit agencies, and municipalities since its founding. This
independent nonprofit organization markets the region’s cultural and recreational venues, retailers, restaurants, accommodations, and educational and other services to visitors and residents alike. These marketing efforts also serve to brand the region, to build collaborations across sectors and towns, to
support jobs-producing enterprises, and to celebrate the diverse and vibrant MetroWest community.

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