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Destination Development Grant

Grants to Indiana Nonprofits and Agencies
to Develop Local Tourism Opportunities

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Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD)

Deadline Date:

12/01/17 5:00 PM EST


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Grants starting at $50,000 to Indiana nonprofit organizations and government agencies to promote and develop the state’s tourism industry. Consideration will be given to projects that contribute to the improvement and development of communities and local economies by expanding, enhancing, and promoting the visitor industry.

The Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD, Indiana Tourism) offers matching grants to entities that demonstrate a financial need and are committed to developing amenities and experiences that increase the tourism appeal of Indiana destinations. Projects that enhance the economic vitality of locales and regions in Indiana by improving the visitor industry are eligible to apply for funding.

Indiana Tourism’s grant programs are dedicated to supporting initiatives that increase industry effectiveness, improve the visitor experience, enhance marketing communication and facilitate cooperation.

The goals of Indiana Tourism’s Destination Development 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 the 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.

The Destination Development Grant Program seeks big transformative ideas. Preference will be given to large-scale projects that enhance communities, regions or Indiana Tourism’s existing tourism development efforts. Proposals are expected to detail transformational projects that strengthen the applicant’s destination profile.

Project proposals that focus on at least one of the following categories will be looked upon favorably:
-Spectator sports, participation sports, and outdoor recreation
-Culinary and agricultural activities
-Heritage and historical experiences
-Arts and culture

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175644

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests of between $50,000 and $250,000 will be considered.

Term of Contract:

Destination Development funds for a two-year period from the date of their last award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD, Indiana Tourism) offers matching grants to cities, towns, counties and nonprofit entities located in Indiana that are involved with tourism promotion and development. Projects that contribute to the development and improvement of local economies and communities throughout Indiana by means of enhancing, expanding and promoting the visitor industry are eligible to receive funding.

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

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

Pre-Application Information:

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

-Call for Applications: September 1, 2017
-Applications Due: December 1, 2017
-Announcement of Finalists: February 1, 2018
-Finalist Presentations & Indiana Tourism Council Consideration: At the Indiana Tourism Council meeting on or about March 1, 2018
-Announcement of award recipients: March 3, 2018

Contact Information:

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

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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