The Porter County
Convention, Recreation, and Visitor Commission (PCCRVC) has awarded $26,250
in grants to 15 non-profit organizations for the promotion of their
festivals and events, sporting competitions, and other tourism-related
initiatives during 2017.
“The goal of the
grants is to assist those who plan to bring visitors into the county by
building new attractions or by organizing festivals, events, business
meetings, and sports tournaments during 2017,” PCCRVC Executive Director
Lorelei Weimer said. “These grants are designed to get new events and
attractions off the ground, get existing events to grow and to market our
area. The result of the grants is that people will visit from outside Porter
County and spend their money here.”
Weimer noted that
the county’s residents benefit from the grant program because more money is
brought in to support the local economy and because residents get more
festivals and events to enjoy.
A list of the
* Fish-On Annual
Outdoor Show, $2,500.
* Gears of Hope
Duneland Tour, $2,000.
* Indiana Dunes
Birding Festival, $2,500.
* Portage Summer
Music Series, $750.
* Prairie Music
* Dunes Learning
Center camps, $1,000.
* Geocaching &
* Hooked on Art,
* Northwest Indiana
Excellent in Theater Foundation, $1,500.
* South Shore
* Taltree Acorn
Concert Series, $2,500.
* Northern Amateur
Golf Tournament, $1,500.
Basketball Association of America national basketball tournament, $3,000.
University Classic bowling tournament, $2,500.
The grants can be
used for such things as advertising, printing, and promotional expenses
designed to bring visitors to Porter County and encourage overnight stays.
The funds can also be used to develop new attractions, as well as brochures,
websites and other tools that encourage visitation.
grants are available each year: product development, $5,000 annually;
sponsorship, $3,000 annually; and marketing, festivals, events, meetings and
seminars, $2,500 for the first year, $1,500 for the second year, and $1,000
for the third year.