• Hendricks County CVB names Fall 2011 TED Fund recipients

    December 07, 2011 No comments

    From marketing a countywide motorcycle ride to enhancing a website and promotional materials, seven Hendricks County organizations received more than $15,000 in grant monies recently from the Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau through its Tourism, Enhancement and Development Fund.

    The seven agencies received between $1,500 and $2,500 each to help promote, enhance or encourage tourism within Hendricks County.

    “We were so pleased with this cycle’s grant recipients,” said Sarah McMillen, tourism marketing manager for the HCCVB. “Without question, this was the best group of TED Fund requests we’ve received since we began this program in 2009.”

     The HCCVB allotted $30,000 of its 2011 budget for the program’s two cycles in the spring and fall. After awarding less than $15,000 in the spring, the HCCVB had more than $15,000 for the fall cycle. Applications were received and reviewed by an independent grant selection committee consisting of Hendricks County Tourism Commission members, representatives from the Hendricks County lodging community, HCCVB staff members, local tourism experts and representatives from local businesses.

    Agencies that received money during the 2011 fall cycle included:

    •          Artistic Designs Gallery – To market its 2012 Miniature Art Show, $2,500.
    •          Brownsburg Chamber of Commerce – To market its Festival of the Arts event, $1,500.
    •          Danville Public Library – To market its Civil War Heritage Days, $2,500.
    •          Hendricks County Arts Council – To enhance its website and advertising for the 2012 ArtsGo! Event, $2,500.
    •          Hendricks Regional Health Foundation – To market a countywide motorcycle ride, $2,500.
    •          Natural Valley Ranch – To market their attraction, $2,064.39.
    •          Parks Foundation of Hendricks County – To market its Park2Park Relay event, $2,500.

     The Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau will again award grant funds in 2012 beginning with its spring cycle March 1, 2012. The program offers 1:1 matching funds for successful applications up to $2,500 per project. Tourism related businesses including not-for-profits, civic organizations, retail development groups and collaborations are encouraged to apply for funding through this program. Only businesses, entities, and events located in Hendricks County are eligible.

    The HCCVB also will again conduct information sessions for the program after the spring cycle begins. Dates and times for those information sessions will be announced at a later date. The deadline for applications for next spring’s cycle will be April 27, 2012.

    For more information about the fund, contact McMillen by e-mail at Sarah@TourHendricksCounty.com or by calling (317) 718-8750.

    The Hendricks County Tourism Commission d/b/a the Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau attracts visitors to the county by promoting and developing tourism, which stimulates economic growth and enhances quality of life.   Find us on Facebook by searching Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau and become a fan for updates and reminders, contest info and much more. You can also follow us on Twitter @FastTracktoFun. For more information, visit our website at TourHendricksCounty.com or call (317) 718-8750.

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