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Tourism Grant Program

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

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Village of Morton

Deadline Date:

10/31/18 Receipt


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Grants of up to $3,000 and grants of up to $10,000 to Illinois organizations for events that will enhance tourism in the Village of Morton. Funding is intended for events that attract overnight stays, enhance the quality of life, and increase traffic to local businesses. Preference is given to events that take place in Morton.

This grant program was established to assist events held in Morton. If parts of the event take place outside of Morton, only expenses for those parts taking place within Village limits will be considered during the grant application review. Applicants must show written permission from public or private property owners granting use of said property for the event.

New and on-going events are eligible. The goal of the grant is to assist organizations in the development of self-sustaining events.

Applicants must utilize Morton businesses for purchases to the fullest possible extent. Those applicants who do so will be given additional consideration.

Scoring Criteria:
- Intrinsic Value of the Event– This score reflects the importance of retaining the event in Morton based upon its value to the community (not based on any tangible criteria)
- Number of Overnight Stays in Morton for the Event (for Overnight Events only)
- Morton Restaurant Effect of Event
- Purchase of Goods & Services in Morton
- Use of Event Proceeds (Proceeds being used to build or improve facilities, educate the public, offer business opportunities, attract visitors, or improve the quality of life for residents of Morton)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175911

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Village of Morton offers a grant program that funds up to $10,000 for events which promote overnight visitors and additional traffic to local businesses. The program also offers funding up to $3,000 for community events that have the potential to create overnight stays.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Qualified organizations hosting events in Morton, or using Morton's vendors for their event can apply.

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.

No applicant shall receive more than $20,000 per fiscal year.

Pre-Application Information:

The Spring round of grant applications are due March 31st and the Fall round are due October 31st. Organizations can submit a request for a grant between February 1, and March 31, 2018.

The Village Board will approve the grants at the May 14, 2018 meeting.

Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted.

Applicants should use the Overnight Event Grant Form for events that create over 100 room nights.

The Community Event Grant Form should be used for events that are valuable to the community and have the potential to create overnight stays, but do not currently meet the 50 room night requirement.

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. Such applications must be submitted at least 90 days prior to the event. Applications for assistance submitted outside of the established grant rounds shall be considered by the Village Board of Trustees using the scoring system set forth herein.

Contact Information:

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

Applications should be submitted to:

Morton Tourism Office
200 South First Street
Morton, IL 61550

Susan Pyles
Phone: 309-266-5135

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Village of Morton