2018 Grant submissions are closed. Applications for the 2019 grant cycle will open 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 encourages events to expand their marketing reach, which contributes positively to the growth of tourism in the area.

Eligible events must be scheduled to take place between January 1 and December 31, 2019. Completed applications will be accepted beginning Monday, April 2, 2018 through Friday, June 29, 2018. Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on June 29, 2018. Applicants must be organizations seeking to produce and promote a well-defined tourism-oriented festival or event within Monroe County.

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. 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.

Details on the grant and application process can be found in these grant guidelines (PDF).

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