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Grants to Indiana Nonprofits, Businesses,
and Agencies for Tourism Projects

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Jackson County Visitor Center (JCVC)

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Grants totalling $20,000 to Indiana nonprofit groups, for-profits, and public organizations for events and tourism projects in eligible regions. Funding is intended for projects that will provide entertainment, cultural, educational, and/or recreational events or attractions. Consideration will be given to proposals that enhance tourism offerings and the quality of life for residents, visitors and groups. All proposed projects or events must be located in Jackson County.

Developmental Grants are awarded yearly for tourism-related projects such as historical site development, attraction development, studies or plans, building construction, signage, etc.

Business or event project funding requests which attracts out-of-county visitors, increase visitations and overnight stays in Jackson County accommodation properties, and/or brings new money into Jackson County will be given higher consideration.

Eligible Projects:

Developmental Grant funding is intended to be used for such projects, but are not limited to:

  1. Cultural, historical, or scenic site development in Jackson County which can be shown to increase regional tourism.
  2. Jackson County attraction or destination development including recreational or entertainment facilities that have a regional appeal to tourists.
  3. Technical assistance for such things as feasibility studies, master plans, site planning, and architectural plans.
  4. Capital projects, such as land acquisition, building construction or renovation, utility infrastructure, and site development for tourism related projects. Money will not be awarded on speculation. Examples may include: museums, theme parks, ice skating rink, cultural and recreational centers, recreational trails, and heritage attractions.
  5. Way finding signage which direct tourists off of interstates and highways.
  6. Bid fees for sporting events.

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GrantWatch ID#: 180562

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Term of Contract:

All projects must be completed within one year of the date of notification.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Jackson County Visitor Center policy for developmental grants has been established to offer 1:1 funding match assistance to not-for-profit groups; a city, county or public organization; tourism related business; or an organizational combination thereof for new projects or enhancements designed to have a direct impact on Jackson County and tourism.

Eligible applicants are qualified organizations which are registered and in good standing with the Indiana Secretary of State and have a proven track record for sustainability.

Developmental Grant Funding may NOT be used for:

1. The production costs of items to be sold, such as, souvenir plates, mugs, T-shirts, etc. or for promotional items such as bags, tickets, prize money, certificates, plaques, buttons, etc.
2. Operating costs, consultant fees, staff salaries, mileage or travel expenses, rent, utilities, fireworks displays, food, and drink.
3. Programs designed to be fundraisers.
4. Cannot be used for expenses already incurred or board development.
5. Attraction signage that will be installed within the city/town limits or near the attraction.
6. Bonds.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadlines for the spring cycle are due April 1, 2020, with awards presented in June.

Applications may be submitted in person, by mail or delivery by the deadline date.

The Jackson County Visitor Center policy for developmental grants has been established to offer 1:1 funding match assistance. Visitor Center funding may not constitute more than 50% of the total project costs. Not more than 25% of local match may be in the form of in-kind or non-financial contributions, which may include but are not limited to, the value of labor, services or land acquisition.

Applying entities will be promptly notified in writing of the final decision regarding their request within 45 days after the application deadline.

Overview, Eligibility Criteria, and Application:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Jackson County Visitor Center
100 N. Broadway Street P.O. Box 607
Seymour, IN 47274

If you have any questions about the grants process, call 812-524-1914 or email

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