PORTER | Ten non-profit organizations and government agencies will receive $26,800 in grant money to help promote festivals, events, sporting competitions and other tourism-related projects during 2014.
The goal of the Indiana Dunes Tourism grant program is to provide funding for events, activities and programs that grow tourism in Porter County, said Lorelei Weimer, executive director of Indiana Dunes Tourism.
Weimer said Porter County residents benefit from the program because more money is brought in to support the local economy and because residents get more festivals and events to enjoy.
The grants can be used for advertising, printing and promotional expenses that bring visitors to Porter County and encourage overnight stays.
The funds can also be used by municipalities and nonprofit organizations to develop brochures, websites and other tools that encourage tourism.
Organizations can receive up to $5,000 for the first year, $2,500 for the second year and $1,500 for the third year.
In 2014, Indiana Dunes Tourism will honor the following grants:
ARTour, $400; Portage Township SummerFest, $2,500; Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration, $900; Family Cancer Awareness Day, $1,000; Chesterton’s European Market, $2,500; Taltree Arboretum brand awareness ad campaign, $5,000; Finding Yourself at the Coffee Creek Watershed, $5,000; Taltree Arboretum GLOW: Art After Dark, $2,500; Lorie’s Lakeside Century, $1,500; Hooked on Art, $2,500; Lutheran Basketball Association, $3,000.