Tourism Destination Development

Innkeepers tax dollars through Hamilton County Tourism have contributed almost $10 million in grants and support funding since 2005. The 2019 budget will focus on:

  • Hamilton County Sports Authority grants and sponsorship funding in addition to thousands of bid securement funds
  • Community Development grants and event sponsorship funding
  • Enterprise Fund dollars, some of which could focus on projects that make a difference in tourism 
  • Special Projects funding for a 4-H Fairgrounds brand program, White River Vision Plan, Nickel Plate Express support, bicycle share stations and more
  • Bond debt service for projects that took place in all four communities in 2012-current
  • Nickel Plate Arts funding, a project which supports the five communities in eastern Hamilton County
  • $3,500 in partnership trade for charitable fundraising donations
  • Marketing co-op money

Major projects that Hamilton County Tourism has supported include Grand Park, The Center for the Performing Arts – Palladium in Carmel, Conner Prairie Balloon Voyage and Conner House re-restoration in Fishers, Fishers Nickel Plate District Amphitheater,  Strawtown Koteewi Park, hospitality corridor signage for the City of Carmel, Nickel Plate Arts campus development in ongoing support, ballpark enhancements throughout the county and various bike share installations.

In addition to funding, Hamilton County Tourism regularly explores other opportunities to support community development:

  • HCT employees are provided volunteer hours each year to volunteer at the organization of their choice.
  • The staff works with local experts to raise awareness about social issues that intersect with tourism, such as the creation of a human trafficking training process to educate front-line hotel staff on how to identify and help potential victims of human trafficking.
  • Gift packages with goods and gift certificates from local businesses are given to charitable organizes for silent auctions, fundraisers, etc.
  • HCT has an aggressive recycling program for brochure development & distribution, uses fuel-efficient company vehicles, and recycles plastic and aluminum goods used by staff during the workday.
  • Hamilton County Tourism’s subsidiary, the Hamilton County Sports Authority, provides funding for tournaments and programs.
  • Give Back While You Gather is a program for groups that want to serve during a conference, wedding or event.

Questions about the Hamilton Count Tourism Gives grant program should be directed to Sarah Buckner, Tourism Development Manager

Tourism Gives - Guidelines


MyWhiteRiver Call Out

The White River in Hamilton County meanders along more than 25 miles of countryside... through four county parks, one nationally recognized museum, by six city parks and through historic downtown Noblesville.

Tens of thousands of cars pass over the river each day to and from work, school or for errands. During warmer months, hundreds put into the park each weekend in kayaks, canoes or in giant tubes or fish from boats or banks. Hamilton County residents on some city water systems turn on their showers each morning only to have cleaned river water wash away their sleep.

The White River Alliance, Friends of the White River, Reconnect Our Waterways and Central Indiana Land Trust, to name a few, have been fighting for this river’s protection for decades.

And now the river has our full attention.

Get involved by visiting plus, join us on Wednesday, July 11 from 6-8 p.m. at Noblesville City Hall for the first Hamilton County public input session or check out other opportunities on the website for meetings to be held in Marion County.

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