Indiana Dunes Tourism, the official tourism bureau of Porter County,
announced Thursday that it has selected ten non-profit organizations and
government agencies to receive $26,800 in grant money to help promote their
festivals and events, sporting competitions and other tourism-related
projects during 2014.
The grants are funded by the Porter County innkeepers tax collected from
The goal of the grant program is to provide funding for events, activities
and programs that grow tourism in Porter County, said Lorelei Weimer,
executive director of Indiana Dunes Tourism.
“These grants are designed to help start events, get events to grow or to
otherwise market our area. The result of the grants is that people visit
from outside Porter County and spend their money here,” Weimer said.
Weimer said 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.
In 2014, Indiana Dunes Tourism will honor the following grants:
ARTour, $400; Portage Township SummerFest, $2,500; Northwest Indiana Earth
Day Celebration, $900; Family Cancer Awareness Day, $1,000; Chesterton’s
European Market, $2,500; Taltree Arboretum brand awareness ad campaign,
$5,000; Finding Yourself at the Coffee Creek Watershed, $5,000; Taltree
Arboretum GLOW: Art After Dark, $2,500; Lorie’s Lakeside Century, $1,500;
Hooked on Art, $2,500; Lutheran Basketball Association, $3,000.
The grants can be used for such things as advertising, printing and
promotional expenses that bring visitors to Porter County and encourage
overnight stays. The funds can also be used by municipalities and non-profit
organizations to develop brochures, websites and other tools that encourage
Organizations can receive up to $5,000 for the first year, $2,500 for the
second year and $1,500 for the third year.
In addition to the $26,800 in grants already chosen for 2014, Indiana Dunes
Tourism has set aside additional grant money for events that develop during
the year and need funding.