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Tax funded grants go to area groups

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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 hotel guests.

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 visitation.

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.

 

 

Posted 12/23/2013