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Indiana Office of Tourism Destination Development Grant Information & Application

The Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD, 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 2019-20 Destination Development Grant cycle are due on December 6, 2019.

Destination Development Grant Timeline (2019-20)

Destination Development Grant Guidelines (2019-20)

Destination Development Grant Application (2019-20)

Read about prior winning grant projects: 2017, 2018, 2019

Questions? Contact Adam Moschell via email or at 317-760-5644.

Next Level Trails Grant Program:

Gov. Holcomb recently announced the launch of the $90 million Next Level Trails (NLT) grant program, the largest infusion of state trail funding in Indiana history. The opening grant round will fund up to $25 million in eligible trail projects. Applications for the opening grant round will be accepted by the DNR from Jan. 1 to Feb. 15, 2019. 

Next Level Trails Program Website

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 Office of Tourism Development and Indiana Sports Corp make this grant program possible.

Sports Indiana Grant Program >

Sports Indiana Grant Guidelines >

Sports Indiana Grant Application >


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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.