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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Bloomington CVB Announces New Tourism Grant Program

Categories: press releases

July 1, 2008

Media Contact:

Rob DeCleene, 812.355.7725 or rob@visitbloomington.com

Bloomington/Monroe County CVB

Announces New Tourism Grant Program

Up to $25,000 in marketing funds will be available for Bloomington

area festivals or events set to take place in 2009.

Bloomington – The Bloomington/Monroe County Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce a brand new program that will provide funding to Bloomington area festivals and events. The program will encourage the development of events that will contribute positively to the growth of tourism in the area. Events must be scheduled to take place between January 1 and December 31, 2009. Completed applications will be accepted and evaluated at any time beginning July 1, 2008 through December 1, 2009, however organizations wishing to receive priority funding consideration should have their applications in by October 1, 2008. Applicants must be organizations seeking to produce and promote a well-defined tourism-oriented festival or event within Monroe County.

BMCCVB Marketing Grant funds may be used for marketing of the event through advertising placed outside the Bloomington area, the production of promotional pieces to be distributed outside the area and event web site development. The maximum funding level for any single event is $5,000. To be considered for grant funding, events must be held within the boundaries of Monroe County, must be open to the general public and must show potential to draw visitors from outside the Monroe County area. Grant applications will be judged by a committee of BMCCVB staff and Board of Directors based on an objective system of points outlined in the application materials.

"The CVB looks forward to working with existing events in expanding their scope and visibility,” says Director of Tourism, Rob DeCleene. “We also anticipate working with a variety of smaller events that have unlimited potential to bring visitors to Bloomington and Monroe County but just need a little help in getting the word out, and we welcome new events and ideas with the potential to foster economic development through visitor spending. The grant program will provide organizations throughout Monroe County the chance to apply for financial assistance/sponsorship for their event, specifically for publicizing their event in communities throughout the state and greater Midwest region."

Additional information about the grant program can be found at www.visitbloomington.com/grants. Grant application packets will be available at the BMCCVB offices located at 2855 North Walnut Street, beginning July 1, 2008. Anyone with questions about the program may contact BMCCVB Director of Tourism Rob DeCleene, 812.355.7725 or rob@visitbloomington.com.

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