2017 Festival and Event Grants Awarded to 5 Area Events

Approximately $4,500 in grant funds awarded to events in 2017

Martinsville, Ind. – Visit Morgan County, the tourism office for Morgan County, is pleased to announce that their Festival and Event Grant Program has awarded funds to five Morgan County events for the 2017 funding cycle.

All events that take place in Morgan County and have the potential to bring visitors into the county are eligible for the funds and were encouraged to submit grant proposals by the April 1st deadline. This year’s grant cycle is for events that will take place between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.

Visit Morgan County Executive Director Tosha Daugherty said “We were able to award funding to each organization that submitted a Festival and Event Grant application this year. Those events are a good mix of well-established events and newer events happening throughout the summer and fall. One is a brand-new event and one in its second year. We are thrilled to be supporting quality events for both visitors and residents to enjoy in Morgan County and we’d love to see even more applications next year.”

Festival and Event Grant proposals were evaluated using scores tied to the application requirements and other criteria spelled out in the application information. Points were given to events that demonstrated an ability to draw visitors from outside the area, increase the length of visitor stay, generate economic impact for local businesses and project a positive image of Morgan County, among other factors.

Five events were awarded grant funds for upcoming events. They are listed below:

Anything on Wheels Car Show, Memorial Day                                  $1,000
Artie Fest, July 7 & 8                                                                     $1,000
Old Town Waverly Park Festival, Sept. 23 & 24                                $1,000
Chili Cookoff & Chalk Art Festival, Sept. 30                                     $   500
Old Town Waverly Park Haunted Trail Hayride, Oct. 26-28                 $1,000

Be sure to watch for these, and other upcoming festivals and events happening throughout Morgan County More information on events can be found at www.visitmorgancountyin.com or on the Visit Morgan County Facebook page.

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Visit Morgan County promotes all of Morgan County as a travel destination in order to
grow the economic impact of the tourism industry and support local business.