Gabby Blauert
Communications Manager




HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. – More than 30 Hamilton County organizations have received a total of $55,000 in grant support provided by Hamilton County Tourism’s 2023 Tourism Gives program. This program administers funds to tourism-focused organizations, the arts, events and festivals based in the county.


Hamilton County Tourism launched its Tourism Gives program in 2005 and has provided nearly $11 million in grants and support funding to date.


“Hamilton County Parks and Recreation is extremely grateful for the funding provided by Hamilton County Tourism, which supports unique community outreach and educational resources,” Superintendent of Natural Resources & Education Amanda Smith said. “Additional resources secured through this grant funding will provide new educational tools for our organization that foster curiosity through our sensory experiences, allow us to understand our regional ecosystem better and hopefully appreciate how critical it is as a part of our county.”


For the 2023 cycle, the organization updated its guidelines to fund specific areas of focus, including the arts, DEAI and sustainability.


“This funding is particularly important to arts organizations, which are usually on tight budgets but also are mission-driven to create new programs and reach wider audiences,” Center for the Performing Arts President/CEO Jeffrey C. McDermott said. “In our case, this year we are launching the Prism Project at the Center, an annual performing arts summer camp for youth with disabilities. It’s part of our broader effort to make arts experiences more accessible and inclusive, and it also adds to the larger picture that Hamilton County is a welcoming community where everyone can feel recognized and appreciated.”


Recipients of the 2023 Tourism Gives grant program include:

  • Actors Theatre of Indiana
  • Atlanta New Earth Festival
  • Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre
  • Carmel Arts & Design District
  • Carmel Christkindlmarkt
  • Carmel Clay Historical Society
  • Carmel Community Players
  • Carmel International Arts Festival
  • Carmel Jazz Fest
  • Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition
  • Carmel PorchFest
  • Conner Prairie
  • Fishers Arts Council
  • Fishers Parks
  • Hamilton County Artist Association
  • Hamilton County Parks
  • Heartland Film Festival
  • Indiana Peony Festival
  • Lights Over Morse
  • Museum of Miniature Houses
  • Noblesville Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC)
  • Noblesville Cultural Arts District
  • Noblesville Porchfest
  • Noblesville Preservation Alliance
  • Noblesville Main Street
  • Noblesville Parks
  • Sheridan Main Street
  • SPARK! Fishers
  • The Center for the Performing Arts
  • The Great American Songbook Foundation
  • The Nickel Plate District
  • Westfield-Washington Historical Society
  • Westfield Playhouse/Main Street Productions
  • Westfield Welcome


For additional information on the grants program, contact Assistant Director of Community Engagement Sarah Buckner at


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About Hamilton County Tourism

Hamilton County Tourism Inc. is a nonprofit, destination management organization that promotes tourism growth through strategic marketing, hospitality and development initiatives providing hospitality to more than four million visitors to Hamilton County, Indiana, each year.