Foundation / Corporation
Indiana Dunes Tourism
01/12/18 4:00 PM
Grants of up to $5,000 to Porter County, Indiana organizations, cities, and towns for festivals, projects, special events, sporting events, and programs that promote the development and growth of local tourism. Funding is intended to help bring in new business, develop local events, festivals, and sporting events, and encourage visitation from outside the County.
The Tourism Promotion Grant covers expenses incurred in order to bring visitors from outside of Northwest Indiana (Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties), help visitors book hotel rooms, and have a positive economic impact on other businesses and attractions in Porter County. Eligible expenses include event advertising, printing and promotion, the development of promotional tools such as brochures, websites, billboards, etc and fees for nationally recognized entertainment.
There are five grant application categories, which include:
a. Conventions, meetings, and seminars
b. Festivals and special events
d. Product development
e. Sports sponsorships
Here are the types of projects funded for each grant application category:
a. Conventions, meetings, and seminars: This grant supports conventions, meetings, and seminars that are hosted within Porter County, have a large number of attendees, are longer than one day, have participants from outside of Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties, and encourage overnight stays in the County's local lodging.
b. Festival or special event: This grant supports festivals or special events that are hosted within Porter County, have a theme that will attract a sizable number of attendees—including people from outside of Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties—are longer than one day, and encourage overnight stays in the County's local lodging.
c. Marketing: This grant supports marketing projects that utilize marketing tools to attract visitors from outside of Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties to experience a Porter County community, a special aspect of a Porter County community, etc. These criteria are not date specific. For example,
a city park department may seek a grant to market all of their programs to outside visitors for a particular year.
The marketing tools that are covered by this grant include website development, digital advertising campaigns (Facebook ads, banner ads, content placement ads, search engine optimization, etc.), traditional marketing tools zoned outside of Northwest Indiana (direct mail, print ads, radio ads, TV ads, and other broadcast media), and print or digital brochures. The funding source favors marketing projects that are driven from a marketing plan and utilize a variety of marketing tools.
d. Sports: This grant supports state, regional (Midwest states), national, and international sporting events or tournaments that take place within Porter County, attract a sizable number of participants and spectators, are longer than one day, and encourage overnight stays in the County's local lodging. This grant does not support local sports groups or events nor any sporting event or tournament that draws mainly local participants.
e. Product Development: This grant supports development of new products or the enhancement of existing products within Porter County or sites located on the Beaches and Beyond Outdoor Adventure Trail that will attract visitation from outside of Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties, compliment Porter County as a destination, and be supported by local residents. Examples of product development projects include: constructing a birding tower, enhancing or developing a trail for visitor engagement, assisting with a feasibility study to develop a new attraction, etc.
GrantWatch ID#: 161650
The grant dollar amounts available per category are:
a. Marketing: $2,500 (first year); $1,500 (second year); $1,000 (third year)
b. Festivals and events: $2,500 (first year); $1,500 (second year); $1,000 (third year)
c. Meetings, conventions, and seminars: $2,500 (first year); $1,500 (second year); $1,000 (third year)
d. Sports sponsorship: $3,000 maximum
e. Product development: $5,000 maximum
A new application must be submitted each year and there is no carryover in the application process
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Please contact Sandy Remijas at (219) 926-2255 or 800-283-8687, ext. 225 or
firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Click on the appropriate link to access the Indiana Dunes Tourism grant application that corresponds to your event or project:
Conventions, Meetings and Seminars:
Festivals and Special Events:
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