2017 Festival and Event Grants Awarded to 5 Area Events

By | April 30, 2017
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.”
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.
Organizations receiving grants in 2017 had this to say about the Visit Morgan County Festival and Event Grant Program:
“The Visit Morgan County Festival & Event Grant enabled the MHS class of ‘74’s Anything on Wheels car show to more than triple our attendance last year on Memorial Day. This allowed us to fund several additional worthy causes this past year. The class has volunteered many hours to our community, including landscape work downtown and at the John R Wooden middle school. This grant will allow us to continue helping those in need and assisting our community. This is one of those grants that have a strong ripple effect throughout Martinsville and all of Morgan County.” ~Kim Fishel, Anything on Wheels Car Show
“Artie Fest would sincerely like to express appreciation to Visit Morgan County for awarding Artie Fest the Visit Morgan County Festival & Event Grant for the amount sought.  New this year, Artie Fest will be providing an Inflatable Park, Rock Wall and Mini Golf in conjunction with Super Bounce Inflatables.  The awarded grant funds will enable Artie Fest to advertise outside the immediate area, bringing folks from both inside and outside the County to participate in our family-friendly festival, and enjoy both new activities and old either free or at a reasonably low cost to the public. Visit Morgan County consistently supports many of our local non-profit festivals and activities through both grants and diligent work.  They continue to be easy and very, very encouraging to work with.  Artie Fest always truly enjoys the opportunity to share with Visit Morgan County the ability to bring people to our community that have not had the chance to enjoy Hoosier Artesian Hospitality.”                            ~Becky Levell Cannon, Artie Fest