DANVILLE, IN (June 5, 2014) - Five Hendricks County organizations received more than $9,500 in grant money this spring through the Visit Hendricks County's Tourism Enhancement and Development Fund.

In its sixth year, the fund is used to promote events, enhance marketing efforts and cover other costs that improve visitor attractions and encourage tourism within Hendricks County.

"We had a very successful TED Fund grant cycle this spring with more than $17,000 requested," said Sarah Ferguson, director of marketing for Visit Hendricks County. "We are extremely excited about the five projects that were awarded funding as we believe each has the potential to bring many visitors to the county."

Visit Hendricks County allotted $20,000 of its 2014 budget for the program's two cycles in the spring and fall. Nine applications were received and reviewed by an independent grant selection committee consisting of Hendricks County Tourism Commission members, representatives from the Hendricks County lodging community, Visit Hendricks County staff members, local tourism experts and representatives from local businesses.

Agencies that received money during the 2014 spring cycle included:

  • Avon Chamber of Commerce - To advertise the Hendricks County Rib-Fest, $2,500.

  • Metropolis Lifestyle Center - To promote Metropolis and Hendricks County as a holiday destination, $1,500.

  • Plainfield Chamber of Commerce - To market the Quaker Day Festival, $1,450.

  • Slamology - To market its event at Lucas Oil Raceway. $2,500.

  • The Four Sisters Inn - To help market a new Bed & Breakfast in Danville. $1,557.41.

            The program offers 1:1 matching funds for successful applications up to $2,500 per project. Tourism-related businesses including not-for-profits, civic organizations, retail development groups and collaborations are encouraged to apply for funding through this program. Only businesses, entities, and events located in Hendricks County are eligible.

Visit Hendricks County will again award grant funds during the 2014 fall cycle, which opens Aug. 1. The deadline for applications for the fall cycle will be Sept. 26.

For more information about the fund or to find out if a potential project is eligible, contact Ferguson by e-mail at Sarah@TourHendricksCounty.com or by calling (317) 718-8750.

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 TourHendricksCounty.com/blog. For more information, visit our website at TourHendricksCounty.com or call (317) 718-8750.