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IN Indiana Placemaking Activation Grant


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Funding Source
Indiana Destination Development Corporation (IDDC)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Indiana

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/02/24 4:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $25,000 to Indiana municipalities, counties, communities, destination marketing organizations, main street organizations, and chambers of commerce to promote and develop the state’s tourism campaign on social media. Applicants must complete the required registration prior to applying. Funding is intended for the construction of Instagrammable activities, experiences, and decorative installations for use as community activations of the IN Indiana identifier. Projects can include signage and other placemaking efforts.

The goals of the Placemaking Activation Grant are to:

  1. Create Instagrammable experiences in high-visibility areas of Indiana.
  2. Generate activations of the "IN Indiana" brand to tie Indiana communities together as a cohesive destination
  3. Add to the beauty of Indiana’s rural, urban, and suburban landscapes.

Potential projects include but are not limited to park enhancements, street beautification projects, historical or decorative statues, community gateway signage, water towers, overpass transformations, and more.

Projects will be selected based on location/visibility to Indiana residents and visitors and on the quality of submitted design, with preference given to locations in high-view areas and locations that create potential for photo opportunities. IDDC seeks applications from a diverse group of locations and projects, including urban, suburban, and rural settings, large and small communities, and locations in different regions of the state. 

The majority of expenses should go to the actual creation of the artwork. Eligible expenses include:

  • Contract/Commission fees
  • Installation costs (lift, surface prep, etc.)
  • Supply costs.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Entities eligible to apply are municipalities, counties, communities, destination marketing organizations, main street organizations, and chambers of commerce.

Ineligible Expenses:
- Administration expenses associated with project development and implementation
- Marketing
- Food or Alcohol
- Travel costs, (i.e., mileage reimbursement, lodging, per diem)
- General office supplies and equipment
- Expenses not directly related to the project

- Applicants with on-going IDDC grant projects or overdue paperwork will be ineligible for award unless previous projects are completed and closed prior to the application deadline.

Pre-Application Information
- September 21, 2023: Call for Applications
- October 25, 2023: Grant Program Informational Webinar
- February 2, 2024: Application Deadline (4 pm ET)
- February 5 – February 9, 2024: Threshold Review Period for Submitted Application
- March 7, 2024: Announcement of Award Recipients

The lead applicant on each project must be the property owner of the proposed location and provide written approval to use the space, including assurance that the project will be unobstructed and preserved for a period of 10 years or until permission for redevelopment is granted by IDDC. If the proposed location is owned/operated by a separate governmental body or property owner from who is applying, applicants must have documented approval BEFORE submitting their application.

Applicants must be registered as a bidder/vendor with the Indiana Department of Administration (IDOA) Supplier Division before applying.

All applications and any accompanying documentation should be submitted in a single PDF document by email.

This is a 1:1 matching grant.

IN Indiana campaign kits:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $25,000

Term of Contract
December 1, 2024: Deadline for Project Completion

Contact Information
Please send completed applications to:

Direct questions to the above email.

Indiana Destination Development Corporation
143 W. Market Street, Suite 700
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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