Applications for Visit Bloomington's 2019 grant program will be available Monday, April 2, 2018.

Visit Bloomington is pleased to offer a Special Event Grant program that provides funds to Bloomington area festivals and events. The program provides financial assistance for marketing area festivals and events 50+ miles outside Monroe County, creating positive economic impact and growth of tourism to the area.

Funding is available for events scheduled January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019. Visit Bloomington will accept and evaluate completed applications beginning Monday, April 2, 2018 until 5pm Friday, June 29, 2018.

Applicants must be organizations seeking to produce and promote a well-defined tourism-oriented festival or event within Monroe County. 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.

The grant is available in two categories: emerging events (five or less years old) and established events (six or more years old). Applicants can only apply for one grant per cycle, in one category only. Grant funds may be used for marketing 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. For emerging events, up to 30% of the grant can be used towards facility rental and/or fees for artists/performers. 

Grant guidelines, requirements, and all other details are available here (PDF).

Questions about the program can be directed to:
Erin White
Director of Leisure Marketing & Media