Destination Development Grants

Grants to Indiana Nonprofits and Agencies
to Develop Local Tourism Opportunities

GrantWatch ID#: 175644
Agency Type:


Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD)

12/02/16 5:00 PM EST

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Grants starting at $50,000 to Indiana nonprofits and government agencies to improve their local economies by promoting and developing opportunities for tourism. Consideration will be given to initiatives that enhance visitor experience, marketing communication, and tourism industry effectiveness. Preference will be given to projects involving arts and culture, culinary and agricultural activities, spectator sports, participation sports, outdoor recreation, and heritage and historical experiences.

The goals of this matching grant program are to:

-Develop destination-based assets that are in concert with the Indiana brand experience and that support the stewardship of the state’s resources;

-Foster industry collaboration;

-Maximize the economic return on public and private investments in Indiana and enhance the quality of life in communities across the state.

Eligible projects include those that enhance Indiana’s tourism profile. Projects should target the development of tourism amenities, attractions and facilities that enhance visitor experience and foster connectivity within the specific destination or geographic area. They should align with the Indiana tourism brand experience and increase the likelihood of visitation from outside the area.

Partnerships that bring together local, regional and statewide tourism organizations, economic development and/or government organizations and tourism-related businesses will be looked upon favorably. Though it is not a requirement, ideally, projects will lead to an increase in room nights for local lodging facilities. Preference will be given to large-scale projects that enhance communities, regions or Indiana Tourism’s existing tourism development efforts.

$50,000 - $250,000

Projects must be completed within two years of the award.

Entities in Indiana that demonstrate a financial need and are involved with tourism promotion and development are eligible to apply for funding through the IOTD grant program.

Eligible organizations include but are not limited to local governments, economic development organizations, destination marketing organizations and community foundations.

Applications must be signed by an official authorized to legally bind the applicant to perform the project. The lead applicant is responsible for meeting all grant requirements.

If a nonprofit organization or local government unit partners with a for-profit enterprise, the project must reflect an economic benefit for the entire area served by the organization or government unit. The nonprofit or local government unit must be the lead applicant and the for-profit enterprise must be a financial contributor.

Entities that have previously received a Destination Development Grant may not apply for additional Destination Development funds for a two-year period from the date of their last award.

The following expenses are ineligible for grant funding:
-Expansion or continuation of a pre-existing projects
-Replacement landscaping
-Replacement office furniture, fixtures and equipment
-Reprints of printed material or second editions of any kind
-Converting pre-existing black and white printed material to four-color
-Making superficial content updates or design changes to websites
-Annual service fees
-Staff salaries, mileage or other fees that are already budgeted to carry out an area of work
-Projects that will not be completed in whole by the end of the project timeline
-Advertising Buys
-Projects that do not have a regional impact, either directly or indirectly

Projects will be funded at a ratio of one grant dollar for every dollar from eligible applicants.

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM EST on December 2, 2016. All applicants will be notified via e-mail of their status by the close of business on January 2, 2017.

Finalists will receive two months to prepare an in-person presentation that will be delivered to the Indiana Tourism Council on March 2, 2017. The council will then select the projects to be funded. Finalist will be notified by phone of their status on March 3, 2017.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Adam Moschell, Program Manager

Please send completed applications to:

Attn: Adam J. Moschell
Indiana Office of Tourism Development
One North Capitol, Ste 600
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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