2020 Grant Applications will be available for download Monday, April 1, 2019.

Since 2008 Visit Bloomington has distributed more than $370,000 to 50+ organizations through its Special Event Grant Program.  The mission of the program is to assist events in creating positive economic impact and growth of tourism to the Monroe County area by providing funding for event marketing.  

The 2020 reimbursement program will provide financial assistance for marketing area festivals and events 50+ miles outside Monroe County. 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.  Fundable events must be held between January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020.

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.

Visit Bloomington will post guidelines and eligible reimbursement expenditures for 2020 funds Monday, April 1, 2019.


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


2019 Grant Reimbursement Form
2019 Post-Event Summary Form