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Tourism Gives

Tourism works for Hamilton County. To show its appreciation for the community’s support of this important economic development sector, Hamilton County Tourism Gives.
Tourism supports almost 13,000 jobs in Hamilton County and contributes more than $373 million to the local economy. But Hamilton County is attractive to visitors because of the leadership and citizens who call this community home.
Hamilton County Tourism is proud to be the designated destination marketing and management organization for the local area and gives back through its work in supporting environmental sustainability, charitable giving, encouraging hands-on volunteering by its employees and by dedicating approximately 20 percent of its budget to community related activities in 2016 in addition to 7% of its revenue to community investment bond debt service.

Community Development Grants

In 2016, the Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. will not entertain new applications for community development, but instead will work with current grantees to provide direct support at a designated level determined by the size of the organizations and their tourism activity levels.

Those non-profit organizations that have received grants in the past are being notified directly regarding the amount of those awards. Grants for festivals and events, as well as key attractions that meet a minimum requirement for serving as a tourism destination, and marketing grand support are included.

If you would like to be considered for a 2017 award, feel your non-profit organization or event has tourism appeal, and have not previously received a grant from Hamilton County Tourism, Inc., request information by contacting Sarah.

2016 Tourism Gives Operating Grant Recipients 

Sports Development Sponsorships

The Hamilton County Sports Authority, a division of Hamilton County Tourism, Inc, also offers grants to non-profit local organizations interested in hosting sports-related events that attract out-of-area visitors. These grants can include everything from supporting bid fees to event support. Check the Hamilton County Sports Authority site for more information.

Other Collaborative Opportunities

In addition, the Hamilton County Tourism’s marketing department works with organizations and businesses on marketing cooperative programs and offers a partnership program to allow for reasonably priced promotions and marketing initiatives. A “meet-the-marketer” group think tank opportunity also is available, where the tourism experts at Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. will meet with your group to talk about creative social marketing and promotional marketing. For information on any of these programs, contact the office with Collaborative Opportunities in the subject line.

One-on-one business and organizational development technical assistance, including market research data and input from a tourism perspective also is available. For an opportunity to talk with a tourism professional, contact the office.

Since 2005, the Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. has passed through more than $7 million in innkeepers' tax funding to support arts, heritage, cultural, community and sports development and marketing programs. While all grants awarded by Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. must support tourism efforts, it is the interest of Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. to support great places to live as well as great places to visit.

Questions? Call Sarah Buckner, Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. Executive Assistant/Tourism Gives Coordinator, at 317.660.4048 (direct) or e-mail.

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