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2019 Explore Elmhurst Community Grant Program

Grants to Elmhurst, Illinois Nonprofits for Events and
Activities that Promote Tourism and Economic Development

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City of Elmhurst

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02/08/19 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Elmhurst, Illinois nonprofits for local cultural activities and events that encourage tourism, promote overnight stays, and provide economic opportunities in the local area. Funding is intended to support tourism activities that promote a positive image, attract visitors, and build publicity for the City.

Increased hotel occupancy positively impacts the economic vibrancy of the community and supports the local economy. Events and activities that have the potential to attract overnight nonresidents increasing local hotel occupancy, as well as events that provide economic opportunities for Elmhurst businesses and organizations will be considered.

Applicants for the Explore Elmhurst Grant must be organizations seeking to produce and promote a clearly defined festival, program, event, or cultural activity that promotes attracting visitors and overnight nonresident visitors to the City of Elmhurst. All events must show the potential to generate overnight hotels stays, provide economic development opportunities to Elmhurst businesses and organizations, and increase the visibility of Elmhurst tourism, attractions, and events. Projects should promote Elmhurst as a destination by promoting local dining, shopping, attractions, and lodging.

Applications will be assessed based upon criteria including, but not limited to the following:
- Demonstrate collaboration, support, and cooperation among Elmhurst organizations
- Introduce new events or activities to Elmhurst
- Ability of the event to attract overnight visitors in past or present year(s)
- Ability of the event to grow over two or more years
- Food, beverage, and retail expenditures by out of market visitors and the extent to which the event provides economic opportunities for Elmhurst businesses and organizations
- Ability of the event to project a positive image of the City of Elmhurst and to increase the visibility of Elmhurst tourism, attraction, and activities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177787

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Explore Elmhurst Grant is geared toward funding non-for-profit 501c(3) organizations, not private businesses. Organizations may file joint projects. Events must occur within the City of Elmhurst.

A project is considered ineligible if it does not contribute to the overall intent of bringing additional tourists and visitors into the City of Elmhurst. Events should not promote the use of lodging facilities located outside of the City of Elmhurst.

The grant committee may not support event/attraction advertising outside the area for an event/attraction that has shown a decrease in attendance over the past year(s).

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for submission: Applications for the Explore Elmhurst Grant must be received by 4:00 PM on Friday, February 8, 2019.

Applicants will receive an email confirmation of their completed application. If this confirmation is not received, please contact the Fund.

Grant Workshop/Presentation – Qualified grant applicants will be asked to present to the Explore Elmhurst Community Grant Committee on February 20 and February 21 at City Hall. City Staff will be in contact with applicants to schedule presentation time.

Contact Information:

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

Please submit completed application by email to:

Or by mail to:

City of Elmhurst
Office of the City Manager
209 N. York Street
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Phone: 630-530-3010

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