Indiana Dunes Tourism, the Porter County government tourism office, is
encouraging cities, towns and non-profit organizations to apply for
tax-funded grants to do marketing projects or help promote their festivals
and events, sporting competitions and conferences during 2013.
The goal of the grant program is to foster and fund events, activities and
programs that promote the development and growth of tourism in Porter
“The grants we award are designed to bring visitors from outside the county
and have them spend their money locally,” said Indiana Dunes Tourism
Operations Director Patti Boyer.
“The grant program has helped existing festivals and events grow and
succeed, and it has helped launch new events. Although the goal is to
encourage visitors to come to Porter County, local residents benefit because
more money is brought into the county and because residents get more
festivals and events to enjoy. The grant program increases the quality of
In 2012, Indiana Dunes Tourism will award more than 20 grants totaling more
than $40,000. The 2012 grant recipients include the City of Valparaiso (to
help pay for a statue of Orville Redenbacher), Bark in the Park/Taste of
Duneland in Chesterton, the Hebron Block Party/Winterfest, and the National
Softball Association in Valparaiso and Portage.
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
There are four different grant categories: festival and special event
grants; sporting event grants; marketing grants; and convention, meeting and
seminar grants. Organizations may receive a 50 percent match from Indiana
Dunes Tourism with maximum amounts up to $3,000 for the first year, $2,500
for the second year and $1,500 for the third year.
Organizations interested in being a part of the 2013 Tourism Promotion Grant
Program should visit www.indianadunes.com/about-indiana-dunes/grants/ and
download a copy of the grant application. Applications may also be picked up
at Indiana Dunes Tourism, 1215 N. State Road 49, Porter, IN 46304. For more
information, call Boyer at (219) 926-2255, ext. 225.
Applications for 2013 grants must be completed and submitted by mail, fax,
e-mail, or in person to Boyer by 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012