Visitors Center Grant Applications

APPLYING FOR TOURISM GRANTS

Visitors Center Inc. (VCI) maintains a grants pool from which tax-exempt organizations may request support for programs and events that will bring visitors into Bartholomew County, positively impact the quality of life in Bartholomew County, and/or support the mission of VCI. Since the source of these funds is the County Innkeeper’s Tax, a tax paid by visitors to the community and collected by lodging properties, all grants made from these funds must fall under the accepted uses as defined in Indiana Code 6-9-18-1.

Grant requests are evaluated by the VCI Tourism Development Committee, a sub committee of the VCI Board of Directors.

After entertaining a second cycle of Tourism Development Grants, the amount of $7,500 remains in this program to be granted to tax-exempt organizations located in Bartholomew County. Strategies for this program include:

  • Incentivize the creation of new tourism attractions and programs.
  • Enhance current tourism attractions and programs.
  • Encourage collaboration in the creation and enhancement of tourism attractions and programs.

Examples of past projects supported by these funds include the 6th Street Arts Alley, Jolie Crider Memorial Skate Park, and Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum’s Charlie 119 restoration. 

Applications, link below, will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis through November 30, 2023, until funds are exhausted. Email completed applications to rgray(at)columbus.in.us.

2023 Tourism Development Grant Application

Questions regarding the grant program should be directed to Robin Gray, rgray(at)columbus.in.us.

 APPLYING FOR SPORTS EVENT GRANTS

The Columbus Area Visitors Center recognizes the importance sporting events provide in making a positive impact on the quality of life in our community. We can assist your organization, providing your sporting event meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • generates year-round overnight visitations
  • generates media exposure for the city and county
  • contributes to the quality of life in our community

For more information, please contact sports@columbus.in.us.

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