Visitors Center Grant Applications


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.

VCI has two grant opportunities, event support and tourism development. For more information regarding event support, please click link below. Questions regarding the event support grant should be directed to Robin Gray.

Event Support Application 2024

If you would like an application for a tourism development grant, reach out to Misty Weisensteiner. The objective of this grant is to build and enhance Bartholomew County’s place-based assets in order to create an appealing travel destination and enhance quality of life for residents. This includes the following strategies: 

  • 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.

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 Kate Todd.