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Destination Development Grant

Grants to Indiana Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and Community
Foundations to Promote and Develop the State's Tourism Industry

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Indiana Destination Development Corporation (IDDC) - Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD)

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01/11/21 4:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to Indiana nonprofit and for-profit organizations, agencies, economic development organizations, community foundations, and destination marketing organizations to promote and develop the State’s tourism industry. Eligible projects enhance local communities and economies. IDDC’s grant program is dedicated to supporting initiatives that increase Indiana’s attractiveness as a great place to live, work and explore, appealing to both Indiana residents and visitors. Projects should increase tourism industry effectiveness, improve quality of life amenities, drive economic impact, and facilitate cooperation within the region.

The Indiana Destination Development Corporation (IDDC) offers matching grants to entities who are focused on developing or enhancing amenities and destinations that improve Indiana’s overall quality of life and will increase Indiana’s tourism and talent attraction appeal. The grants should be utilized to kickstart a new project with the goal of having the new project act as a regional attractor. Projects that enhance Indiana’s economic vitality, increase resident’s quality of life, and help with talent attraction to the specific region, are eligible to apply for funding. Applicants are encouraged to work collaboratively with partners throughout the region, demonstrating local and regional support across various sectors. 

The goals of IDDC’s Destination Development Grant Program include:

  • Develop destination-based assets that are in concert with the IDDC mission that help attract talent, visitors, and support the stewardship of the state’s resources.
  • Foster industry collaboration.
  • Maximize the economic return on public and private investments in Indiana.
  • Enhance the quality of life in communities across the state.

The Destination Development Grant Program seeks big transformative ideas. Preference will be given to large-scale projects that enhance communities, regions, with talent and visitor attraction efforts. Proposals are expected to detail transformational projects that strengthen the applicant’s destination profile. Project proposals are not limited to, but may focus on one of the following categories:

  • Spectator sports, participation sports, and outdoor recreation
  • Culinary and agricultural activities
  • Heritage and historical experiences
  • Arts and culture

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GrantWatch ID#: 175644

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests of between $50,000 and $250,000 will be considered through this competitive application process.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within two years of the award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations include, but are not limited to, local governments, for-profit enterprises, non-profit organizations, 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 for-profit enterprise is the lead or a partner applicant, the project must reflect an economic benefit for the city, county, region or state at large.

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. Recipients of 2020 Arts, Cultural and Destination Marketing Organization Support Grantsfunded through the CARES Act are not excluded from receiving Destination Development Grant funding.

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications due by 4 p.m. ET on Monday, January 11, 2021, one hard copy and one electronic copy must be submitted. Please allow ample time for delivery if sending by postal mail. Applications must arrive by the deadline, not just postmarked before.

Projected Timeline:
- Call for Applications: October 29, 2020
- Applications Due: January 11, 2021 by 4 p.m. ET
- Announcement of Finalists: February 15, 2021
- Finalist Presentations: March 12, 2021

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

Grant Q&A Recording (12/16/2020):

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

Adam Moschell

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