For the past three years, we at the Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau have been able to help organizations, businesses, and individuals fund projects that encourage or promote tourism in Hendricks County through our Tourism Enhancement and Development (TED) Fund Grant Program. As in past years, we will again award $15,000 this spring for projects planned for late summer of this year to spring of 2013. We will then award an additional $15,000 this coming fall. You can apply for a 1:1 match with the HCCVB contributing a maximum of $2,500 a project The goal of this program is to further develop and create quality tourism products that offer new or enhanced benefits to our visitors. This involves both forming new products and modifying existing ones or the promotion of them. The Danville Public Library has used the Tourism Enhancement and Development Fund to market their Civil War Heritage Days; Natural Valley Ranch in Brownsburg used it to get the word out about their attraction; and the Town of Plainfield even funded a study to determine the feasibility of moving the historic Diner into town. So basically if you have an event or business that you would like to advertise to visitors (those traveling from outside of a 50-mile radius), have a project that you would like to research that will benefit visitors, or any other project that will help bring visitors to Hendricks County or extend their stay here, you should look at how the TED Fund help. If you're not sure, just ask us. I encourage applicants to attend the information session for the program this Tuesday, April 3 at 4 p.m. It will be held at the HCCVB office at 8 West Main Street in Danville. The grant cycle is due Friday, April 27 by 5:00 pm. The application and instructions can be found on the Press Room page of our website, TourHendrickCounty.com.