Klamath County issued $103,750 in tourism grants to local groups Wednesday after receiving almost twice as much related tax revenue since last year.

Both commercial and nonprofit organizations submitted funding proposals for as much as $25,000 each, with a total of $115,000 available this year. This compares to $62,000 available during last year’s spring grant cycle.

George Rodgers, a member of the committee that reviewed grant applications, said consistently fair weather last year helped boost local tourism and helped with the increase in funds. He said with the 100th anniversary this year of the national parks system, he expects tourism dollars will receive another boost for next year’s funding cycle.

The grant committee scored and ranked 19 applications and recommended 10 for approval, which commissioners ratified during their regular meeting Wednesday morning.

Groups receiving grants include:

n Discover Klamath, awarded $25,000 to create cycling videos.

n Klamath Falls Downtown Association, awarded $15,000 for Lake Jam Oregon. The group was also awarded $10,000 for the Arts on the Flyway festival.

  • Klamath Trails Alliance, awarded $15,000 for a Spence Mountain Trail project.
  • Favell Museum, awarded $13,000 for a 2016 art show.
  • Klamath Youth Community Sports Complex, awarded $12,500 for marketing of Steen Sports Park.
  • Kla-Mo-Ya Casino, awarded $5,000 for the 20th annual Restoration Celebration.
  • Kruise of Klamath, awarded $5,000 for the 2016 car show.
  • Gilchrist Cruise, awarded $1,750 for the 2016 Gilchrist Cruise and Summer Fun Day.
  • Klamath Film Makers Group, awarded $1,500 for the Klamath Independent Film Festival.

County Treasurer Jason Link said applicants who scored low and did not receive grants did not necessarily submit invalid proposals but often could not show how their projects would help grow tourism in Klamath Falls.

The remaining $11,250 from the grant cycle will return to the overall fund, which County Treasurer Jason Link said totals more than $20,000 at this time.