March 04, 2014
If you have an attraction in Hendricks County or a great idea that promotes and encourages tourism, you may be eligible for a grant program designed to provide funding to businesses, organizations and even individuals who want to enhance a visitor’s experience.
In its sixth year, Visit Hendricks County’s Tourism Enhancement Development (TED) Fund has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to various organizations and causes to sustain and promote Hendricks County as a tourism destination including projects such as Ride Hendricks County and Mud Soap Run and numerous organizations like the Hendricks Symphonic Society, Crown Room Banquet Facility and Metropolis Mall.
Visit Hendricks County is now accepting applications for the spring cycle of its TED Fund after budgeting $20,000 this year to continue its grant program. Half of that amount will be awarded this spring. The other half will be awarded this fall.
“Through the first five years, TED Fund dollars have helped tourism-related projects, organizations, events and attractions in so many ways in Hendricks County,” said Sarah Ferguson, director of marketing for Visit Hendricks County. “We couldn’t be happier to offer this grant program for another year to aid those with great ideas.”
The spring cycle’s application deadline is 5 p.m. April 25. The money will be best utilized for projects planned for late summer of this year to spring of 2015, as the grants won’t be awarded until late May.
Tourism businesses, not-for-profits, civic organizations and retail development groups are encouraged to apply for funding through this program. Only businesses, events and entities located in Hendricks County are eligible. Applicants can apply for a 1:1 match with Visit Hendricks County contributing a maximum of $2,500 a project.
Worthy projects should initiate, enhance, develop and promote tourism in Hendricks County. Special projects such as research and development with potential for long-term benefits will be considered. Projects involving capital investment, operating costs, fireworks displays, food and drink or staff salaries aren’t eligible.
Qualifying projects and events should have a direct impact on the county by attracting out-of-county visitors, increasing visitation and bringing in new money. High consideration will be given to applicants requesting funding for projects that will either generate a new overnight stay or extend the stay in a Hendricks County overnight accommodation property.
Applications and information sheets regarding the TED Fund are available now by stopping by the office, 8 W. Main St., Danville, or going online to www.TourHendricksCounty.com and using the Pressroom tab to choose “Grants and Scholarships.” For more information on the program, contact Ferguson by phone (317) 718-8750 or e-mail Sarah@TourHendricksCounty.com.
The Hendricks County Tourism Commission d/b/a Visit Hendricks County attracts visitors to the county by promoting and developing tourism, which stimulates economic growth and enhances quality of life. Find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/VisitHendricksCounty and become a fan for updates and reminders, contest info and much more. You can also follow us on Twitter @HendricksCounty or get updates by following or subscribing to our tourism blog at TourHendricksCounty.com/blog. For more information, visit our website at TourHendricksCounty.com or call (317) 718-8750.