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Contact: Josh Duke Josh@VisitHendricksCounty.com

DANVILLE, IN (January 15, 2015) - A 7-year-old grant program to fund local projects that attract visitors to Hendricks County has some changes in store for 2015 including a non-matching grant for the first time in its history.

Visit Hendricks County's Tourism Enhancement Development (TED) Fund has promoted and sustained the county as a tourism destination the past six years by awarding hundreds of thousands of dollars to various organizations and causes.

The TED Fund helped the Hendricks County Historical Museum improve its website, helped the Town of Plainfield fund a study to determine the feasibility of moving the Oasis Diner and helped launch successful events including the Mud Soap Run, Hendricks County Half Marathon and Indiana Short Film Festival, among other initiatives.

The biggest change this year will be the addition of a non-matching grant. Visit Hendricks County has always required TED Fund recipients to match their funding request with their own money. A new component this year, however, would not require a match for requests up to $500. Requests from $501 to $2,500 would still necessitate matching funds.

"The changes we've made this year have all come about due to past experiences with the TED Fund," said Sarah Ferguson, Visit Hendricks County's Director of Marketing. "We have had several organizations come to us for funding who didn't have the money to match their request. We don't want to leave anyone out, especially someone who needs a little seed money to turn a great idea into something that will entice visitors to Hendricks County."

The other major change in 2015 involves the opening of the grant's spring and fall cycles and when the money will be awarded. The spring cycle has already opened as Visit Hendricks County began accepting applications January 5. The spring cycle will close Feb. 27. Applications for the fall cycle will be accepted from July 1 to Aug. 28.

In both cases, the cycles have been moved up by about two months to allow participants wanting funds for summer projects to apply during the spring cycle and those needing money for fall and winter projects to apply for the fall cycle.

Visit Hendricks County has again budgeted $20,000 this year to be divvied up between both cycles. Tourism businesses, not-for-profits, civic organizations and retail development groups are encouraged to apply for funding through this program. Only businesses, events and entities located in Hendricks County are eligible.

Worthy projects should initiate, enhance, develop and promote tourism in Hendricks County. Special projects such as research and development with potential for long-term benefits will be considered. Projects involving capital investment, operating costs, fireworks displays, food and drink or staff salaries aren't eligible.

Qualifying projects and events should have a direct impact on the county by attracting out-of-county visitors, increasing visitation and bringing in new money. High consideration will be given to applicants requesting funding for projects that will either generate a new overnight stay or extend the stay in a Hendricks County overnight accommodation property.

Applications and information sheets regarding the TED Fund are available by stopping by the Visit Hendricks County office, 8 W. Main St., Danville, or going online to www.VisitHendricksCounty.com and clicking on Grants under the About Us menu tab. For more information on the program, contact Ferguson by phone (317) 718-8750 or e-mail Sarah@VisitHendricksCounty.com.

The Hendricks County Tourism Commission d/b/a Visit Hendricks County attracts visitors to the county by promoting and developing tourism, which stimulates economic growth and enhances quality of life. Find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/VisitHendricksCounty and become a fan for updates and reminders, contest info and much more. You can also follow us on Twitter @HendricksCounty or get updates by following or subscribing to our tourism blog at VisitHendricksCounty.com/blog. For more information, visit our website at VisitHendricksCounty.com or call (317) 718-8750.