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Indiana Destination Development Grant Information & Application

The Indiana Destination Development Corporation (IDDC, Indiana Tourism) offers matching grants to cities, towns, counties and nonprofit entities located in Indiana that are involved with tourism promotion and development. Projects that contribute to the development and improvement of local economies and communities throughout Indiana by means of enhancing, expanding and promoting the visitor industry are eligible to receive funding. Applications for the 2020-21 Destination Development Grant cycle are due on January 11, 2021.

Destination Development Grant Guidelines (2020-21)

Destination Development Grant Application (2020-21)

Grant Q&A Recording (12/16/2020)

Read about prior winning grant projects: 201720182019, 2020

Indiana Destination Development Corporation Arts, Cultural & Destination Marketing Organizations Support Grants

The arts and cultural sector adds vibrancy and depth to Hoosiers’ lives and is a significant factor in the health of Indiana’s tourism economy. While the COVID-19 crisis threatens arts organizations and events as well as those organizations that represent Indiana’s destinations, they continue to be at the center of community life and will be critical to the State’s economic recovery. The goal of this program is to assist in the preservation of these entities and to provide bridge funding to continue operations. The Indiana Destination Development Corporation (IDDC) will provide operating support to arts and cultural organizations, local events, and tourism organizations whose normal business has been interrupted due to COVID-19. 

The application submittal process begins Friday, August 14, 2020. Applications must be submitted no later than 4:00 pm EST on September 8, 2020.

Arts, Cultural and Destination Marketing Organization Support Grants Guidelines (Program guidelines may be updated as needed.)

Apply for the Arts, Cultural and Destination Marketing Organization Support Grants

Arts, Cultural and Destination Marketing Organization Support Grants FAQs

Recording of the Grant Webinar on Monday, August 17 


Sports Indiana Grant Opportunities:

Sports Tourism Business Development Grants are available for tourism or sports-related organizations hosting events in Indiana. The purpose of these funds is to support, enhance, and grow sporting events as well as strengthen bids to attract new business to Indiana. The maximum grant per event is $20,000 to be paid as a reimbursement. Support from the Indiana Destination Development Corporation and Indiana Sports Corp make this grant program possible.

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Sports Indiana Grant Guidelines >

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2019 Will Koch Leadership and Hoosier Hospitality Awards

Friday, August 16 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds

Will Koch Indiana Tourism Leadership Award Nomination Form

Named after the late Will Koch, long-time owner and president of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari and chief executive officer of its parent company, Koch Development Corporation, the award honors Mr. Koch’s devotion to business and community and his lasting impact on the State of Indiana. A deserving Hoosier who demonstrates the following qualities will receive the award each year.

  • Leadership qualities and ability to inspire others;
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to invest in Indiana;
  • Commitment to tourism and business development in Indiana;
  • Dedication to improve Indiana’s travel and tourism profile; and
  • Distinguished service to community.

Hoosier Hospitality Award Nomination Form

These awards are presented by the Lt. Governor and recognize a high level of service in tourism-related jobs at hotels, restaurants, attractions and other destinations. This includes tour guides, volunteers, ushers, etc. ANYONE in the hospitality and tourism industry.