Grants of up to $35,000 to Illinois organizations in eligible areas to promote local tourism. Applicants must participate in an online information session prior to applying. Priority funding is intended for activities that result in overnight stays in local lodging facilities. Events with a history of annual occurrences have priority over new events being developed. Eligible activities promote the tourist industry in Warrenville. Grants are available for projects in the following categories: 1) Entertainment 2) Tourism 3) Arts and Education 4) Capital Improvements.
Samples of expense types are as follows:
City services needed to protect public safety and property
Miscellaneous expenses related to the event
Partner with local hotels to support their occupancy
Promotional materials such as banners, flyers, and giveaways
Art Programming and Education:
Community capital improvements:
Applicants must provide a quote for a local Warrenville business for services and supplies they will be using to execute their program or event.
If the applicant will be utilizing a vendor outside of Warrenville when a Warrenville vendor exists, the applicant must provide an explanation.
Utilizing local vendors will be factored into TAC’s review process.
Events must take place within the City of Warrenville corporate limits or with an address that includes zip code 60555; however, the grant applicant executing the event can be an agency or organization outside the City limits.
This Grant Program will not be used to fund the annual Summer Daze and 4th of July events.
Funding cannot be used for overhead items such as insurance, website maintenance, or staff that are employed by the agency and work beyond just execution of the event/program
A workshop will be held on Thursday, July 13, at 6:00 p.m. The workshop will be hosted in-person at City Hall, 28W701 Stafford Place. The purpose is to distribute applications and answer questions.
All applicants (even past recipients) should attend the workshop.
Grant Application Deadline: Monday, September 11, 2023 by 5:00 p.m.
Applicants should be prepared to present their project to the Tourism and Arts Commission in October/November, if necessary. The Tourism and Arts Commission will finalize their recommendation in December. The City Council will consider TAC’s recommendation on January 22, 2024. Council will make a determination on February 5, 2024.
Park District Affiliate Requirements:
- Park District affiliates must provide written approval from the Park District for capital project requests.
- Park District affiliates must provide proof that they have submitted a copy of this grant application to the Park District.
Applicants must show written permission from public or private property owners that the applicant can utilize their property for a program. For events on City property, applicants must contact the City for a staff review and planning before submitting their applications. TAC will consider the application during the staff review. It is the applicant’s responsibility to inquire about and ensure that all required permits are obtained for the event.
Grants are paid on a reimbursement basis to the applicant, not to vendors of products or services.