Tourism Grant Program

Grants to Morton, Illinois Organizations for Tourism
Events to Enhance Local Economic Development

GrantWatch ID#: 175911
Agency Type:


Village of Morton


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Illinois qualified organizations for tourism events that will enhance economic development within the local community. All events should take place within Morton. The intention of this program will be to creatively attract out of town visitors to stay overnight within the area and to encourage conventions, visitors, and tourism within Morton.

Two types of grants are available for new events or for on-going established events. The goal of the grant is to assist organizations with the goal that an event becomes self-sustaining.

Funding will be determined based on the following:

- Will the Event promote significant overnight stays?
- Will the event increase significant restaurant traffic?
- Will the organization be purchasing items or trophies in Morton?
- Is this an Inaugural event or was a follow-up report filed with the Tourism office within two months of the event?
- Do the funds from this event impact Morton, IL in a tangible way that benefits a large portion of the community, such as building or improving facilities for the citizens or that will bring more people to visit the community?

Up to $10,000 per event.
Up to $20,000 per year.

Qualified organizations may apply.

Applications for assistance for events which have previously received funding through the Tourism Grant Program shall not request more than 110% of the amount most recently awarded for such event.

Applications for assistance for separate activities of the same event shall not be accepted. For example, an application for assistance for a track and field event may be accepted, while separate applications for assistance for broad jumping and pole vaulting shall not be accepted, even if occurring at separate times, days, and/or locations.

The Village Board of Trustees shall make the final decision regarding the approval or denial of such grant applications at the first meeting in December of the Village Board of Trustees.

Applications for assistance for events which have not previously received funding through the Tourism Grant Program may be submitted outside of the established grant rounds if circumstances warrant their consideration; however, every effort should be made by the organization conducting such events to appropriately plan ahead so as to submit an application for assistance during one of the established grant rounds.

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

Submit applications to:

Morton Tourism Office
200 South First Street
Morton, IL 61550

Susan Pyles
Phone: 309-266-5135 or 573-1276

Village of Morton

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