Local Tourism Grant

2019 Local Tourism Grant Program - Call for Proposals

The Village of Lombard is currently seeking grant applications for local programs and events that support tourism and promote the Village as a destination to nonresident visitors. Interested first time applicants to the Local Tourism Grant Program are encouraged to submit an application for Local Tourism Grant funds to the Village by Dec. 3, 2018. (Scroll down for application information.) 

The Village of Lombard’s Local Tourism Grant Program was developed by the Village through the Community Promotion and Tourism Committee, and provides funding for local programs and events that encourage overnight, non-resident visitors to the Village of Lombard. Applicants must be organizations seeking to produce and promote a clearly defined festival, program or convention that attracts overnight visitor stays in Lombard hotels. The purpose of the grant program is to provide support for local tourism programs, attractions and events to enhance the marketing of the Village of Lombard to visitors. 

The goal of the Local Tourism Grant program is to positively impact the vitality of Lombard by contributing to the local economy through increased hotel occupancy, visitor travel and local expenditures. Groups applying for grant funds are encouraged to purchase all goods and services used for the event from businesses located in Lombard.

“We look forward to offering assistance to potential grantees who seek funding for their projects, and hope to see new candidates come forward in this grant cycle," said Trustee Mike Fugiel, Chairman of the Community Promotion and Tourism Committee. The initial deadline for the 2019 Local Tourism Grant Program is Dec. 3, 2018. First time applicants must attend a grant-seekers workshop to receive assistance and guidance with their initial grant application.  For more information on the grant program or to schedule a grant-seekers workshop, contact Assistant Village Manager Nicole Aranas at aranasn@villageoflombard.org.

  • Deadline for submission:  Applications must be received on or before December 3, 2018
  • Grant awards for returning programs will be made once a year.  To be considered for funding in 2019, applicants for programs which previously received Village funding must apply by December 3, 2018. 

Eligibility
Applicants to the Local Tourism Grant Program must be organizations seeking to produce and promote a clearly defined festival, program or event that promotes tourism and conventions within, or otherwise attracts overnight nonresident visitors to the Village of Lombard. 

Review Criteria
All events must show the potential to generate overnight hotel stays and should include Village hotel(s) in their promotion.  Applications will be assessed based upon criteria including, but not limited to the following:

  1. Ability of the event to attract overnight visitors in past years.
  2. Ability of the event to grow over two or more years. 
  3. Food, beverage and retail expenditures by out of market visitors and the extent to which the event provides economic opportunities for Lombard businesses. 
  4. Ability of the event to project a positive image of the Village of Lombard and to increase the visibility of Lombard tourism, attractions, and events.   

Grant Workshops
The Village of Lombard will be hosting grant application workshops for prospective applicants. Interested attendees should contact Assistant Village Manager, Nicole Aranas.   


View 2019 Call for Proposals PDF


Local Tourism Grant Program Guidelines


The Village of Lombard has established the Local Tourism Grant Program for the purposes of promoting tourism and conventions within, or otherwise attracting overnight nonresident visitors to the Village of Lombard. This program will provide funding towards programs and events that exhibit positive tourism potential to the Village of Lombard. The provision of these funds will assist qualified organizations with the promotion of tourism activities that directly increase overnight stays and create a positive image and build publicity for the Village of Lombard.

View full Program Guidelines PDF

 


 

For more information on the Local Tourism Grant Program or the register for an upcoming grant workshop, please email Nicole Aranas, Assistant Village Manager or call 630-620-3085.  



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