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Tourism awards promotion grants totaling $48,750

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Indiana Dunes Tourism awarded $48,750 in Tourism Promotion Grant funds to local Porter County businesses and organizations committed to bringing in visitors from outside of Northwest Indiana.

Recipients of 2019 grants are as follows: the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #76 K9 Unit, Bacon Fest, NWI Food Council, Portage Township YMCA, Chautauqua in the Dunes, Duneland Chamber of Commerce, Porter County Sheriff's Office, Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest, Portage Chamber of Commerce, NWI Excellence in Theatre Foundation, Portage Township Live Entertainment Association, Chesterton Art Center, PorterCo Conservation Trust, Inc., Indiana Audubon Society, EAA Chapter 104, Town of Hebron Parks and Recreation Board, Pastime Tournaments, Portage Township Department of Parks and Recreation, Lutheran Basketball Association of America, and the Northwest Indiana Junior Golf Association.

“Every year we are thrilled to see our community organizations stepping up to improve the Indiana Dunes area,” said Sandy Remijas, operations director of Indiana Dunes Tourism and the Tourism Promotion Grant program manager.

The funds can support the building of new attractions and the organization and marketing of festivals, events, meetings, conventions and sports tournaments that promote visitation.

Grant funds can also be used for such things as developing and enhancing attractions, as well as advertising, printing and promotional expenses that bring visitors to the area and encourage overnight stays. The funds can also be used to develop brochures, websites, and other tools that further promote visitation.

“As a tourism entity,” said Executive Director of Indiana Dunes Tourism Lorelei Weimer, “we are constantly striving to further improve the product and economic development of our region. The Indiana Dunes Tourism Promotion Grant Program helps our local organizations grow, benefiting both tourists and residents alike.”

The following grants were available to for-profit, non-profit, and government entities: product developmentÑ$5,000 annually; sports sponsorshipÑ$3,000 annually; marketingÑ$2,500 (first year), $1,500 (second year) and $1,000 (third year); festivals and eventsÑ$2,500 (first year), $1,500 (second year) and $1,000 (third year); and meetings, conventions and seminarsÑ$2,500 (first year), $1,500 (second year) and $1,000 (third year).

Indiana Dunes Tourism is the official destination marketing, planning, and development organization for the Indiana Dunes area/Porter County. Organizations interested in learning more about Indiana Dunes Tourism and its many opportunities should visit or call (219)926-2255. Information about the 2020 grant program will be available fall 2019.



Posted 12/7/2018




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