PORTER – Indiana Dunes Tourism is encouraging cities, towns and not-for-profit organizations to apply for marketing grants for projects or festivals scheduled for 2012.
“The grants we award are designed to help bring in outside dollars and encourage visitation from outside the county,” said Ken Kosky, promotion director for Indiana Dunes Tourism. He said that in 2011, Indiana Dunes Tourism provided 20 grants totaling $46,500 for festivals and events throughout the county.
There are four grant categories, said Kosky. They are festival and special event grants; sporting event grants; marketing grants; and convention, meeting and seminar grants. Organizations receive a 50 percent match with maximum amounts of $3,000 for the first year, $2,500 the second year and $1,500 the third year.
For information, contact Indiana Dunes Tourism at (219) 926-2255, Ext. 225. Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Sept. 30.