By Maria Cook
The Boone County Convention and Visitors Bureau recently announced it will award more than $100,000 in grants to more than 30 recipients this year. Recipients include tourism events, festivals and shows such as Whitestown’s Viking Fest and Lebanon’s popular Back to the ‘50s Festival at the Boone County Fairground.
The Boone County CVB is funded by the county’s innkeeper tax. In a recent press release, Board President Steve Jacob credited the rising number of hotels in Boone County with the CVB’s expanding grant budget.
“Thanks to the increase in area lodging locations who generate our income, the Boone CVB board is pleased to be able to award grant monies to more Boone County events, shows and festivals this year than ever before. The CVB grant program provides a much-needed financial boost to every recipient,” Jacob stated.
CVB Executive Director Jeri Day said the grants help further the CVB’s mission of attracting new events to Boone County while supporting established ones. Day said the CVB has recently streamlined its website, which makes applying for a grant easier.
“We’re changing our logo, changing our look and changing our website to make it even more user-friendly,” Day said. “We have our grant application on the website, so you’d fill it out and contact me to discuss the grant itself. Once you talk to me, I get you on the agenda in front of the board to present your grant to the board.”
The CVB’s new logo, which resembles a blooming flower, also was introduced in a recent press release.
“We wanted a change,” Day said. “We’ve expanded, which in turn has allowed us to give additional funding. We wanted something bright. The future is bright. It gives you a good feeling.”