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Contact:  Tosha Daugherty, Visit Morgan County or 765-346-5611

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2019 Festival and Event Grants Awarded to 11 Area Events

Approximately $10,000 in grant funds awarded.

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 11 events taking place in Morgan County during the 2019 funding cycle.

All events that take place in Morgan County and have the potential to bring visitors into the county are eligible to apply for these grant funds each year. Event organizers 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, 2019 and March 31, 2020.

Visit Morgan County Executive Director Tosha Daugherty said “We received more grant proposals this year than ever before. Funds were awarded to each organization that applied, however not all events received the full amount requested. A total of $10,000 has been awarded this year, a record amount for this grant program. We are pleased to be able to support so many quality events in Morgan County.”

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.

The Festival and Event Grant Program is a reimbursement based grant program, which means that grant funds are awarded now, but will be distributed after a post-event summary is received from each event.  A total of 11 events were awarded grant funds for upcoming events. They are listed below:

Martinsville Candy Kitchen Anniversary                                            $1,000
Drink at the Creek Concert Series                                                     $1,000
Merry MAC Players – Love Letters                                                    $1,000
Road Runner Rally in the Valley                                                        $1,000
Martinsville Chamber Chili Cookoff & Chalk Art Festival                   $   500
RD Productions – Travis Tritt Concert                                               $1,000
Merry MAC Players – Medieval Dinner Theatre                                $1,000
Porcelain Art School of Indiana                                                         $1,000
Artie Fest                                                                                           $   750
Downtown Martinsville Summer Concert Series                               $   750
Martinsville 4th of July Entertainment                                                $   500
Fall Foliage Festival                                                                           $   500

Be sure to watch for more information these, and other upcoming festivals and events, happening throughout Morgan County. More information on area events can be found at 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.