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Grants to Eau Claire, Wisconsin Nonprofits and
Individuals to Promote Tourism, Arts, and Culture

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City of Eau Claire and Wisconsin Arts Board

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Grants to Eau Claire, Wisconsin nonprofits, volunteer organizations, and individuals for events and projects that will promote tourism in the local area. The purpose of this program is to support events that generate overnight stays, promote a positive image to potential tourists, extend visitor stays, and foster a desire to return.

Types of Grants:

1) Tourism Grants

This program is designed to assist event planners by providing funds for marketing, advertising, printing, and postage in the following categories:

-Meetings Mean Business: Conventions, meetings, retreats, etc.
-Sporting Events: Tournaments, competitions, etc.
-Special Projects: Other events that generate overnight stays

The grant exists to encourage tourism in the City of Eau Claire or to fund area events that will have a significant impact on businesses located in the City of Eau Claire, specifically generating overnight stays and/or extending visitor stays at hotel properties in Eau Claire.

Preference will be given to: 1) new or expanding festivals, conventions/meetings, sporting and other events by providing “seed” money to assist with start-up costs; and 2) existing events showing an expanded focus for event/tourism growth. All events must create a positive image of Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley.

2) Cultural Arts Grants

The Cultural Arts Grant is a competitive annual grant program designed to assist nonprofit organizations, volunteer managed organizations, and individuals seeking supplementary support. Proposals may encompass performing arts, visual media, literary arts, folk art, festivals, artist series, cultural programs of preK-12 schools, cultural traditions and public art programs.

Grant supported activities must culminate in tangible services presented to the community such as exhibitions, concerts, touring productions, festivals and/or publications. Public access to some aspect of the project is a requirement of the grant, however admission may be charged.

Additional consideration will be given to cultural projects that nourish artistic expression and development, enjoyment and understanding of arts and culture, and enhance the tourism industry through creative innovative planning and marketing.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179108

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-Nonprofit organizations, volunteer managed organizations, and individuals may apply
-Organizations that receive money from the City of Eau Claire Community Enhancement Fund may only apply for specific projects and/or programs outside the scope of existing operations

Ineligible Organizations and Programs:
-Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, national origin or sexual orientation
-Political organizations, candidates for political office, and organizations whose primary purpose is to influence legislation
-Building (brick and mortar) or capital campaigns
-Staffing/administrative costs
-Individuals and organizations that have not fulfilled all previous grant administrative guidelines
-Fraternal organizations, churches, or church-related groups with proposals that promote religion or an individual doctrine

Pre-Application Information:

The grant funds are provided annually by the City of Eau Claire and Wisconsin Arts Board. Visit Eau Claire reviews applications and awards grants two times a year on April 15 and November 15.

The application must be received no less than 90 days prior to the first day of the event.

Approximately six weeks after the application deadline, written notification is forwarded to all applicants following the Board of Directors approval/denial.

All grants must be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Matching funds include cash contributions, in-kind contributions, or a combination of both. In-kind services include complimentary contributions of space, materials, equipment, or professional services (calculated on a local wage scale acceptable to Visit Eau Claire).

Contact Information:

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

Kelly Schwoch, Director of Finance & Administration

Visit Eau Claire
4319 Jeffers Road, Suite 201
Eau Claire, WI 54703

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USA: Wisconsin: City of Eau Claire