Visit Eau Claire Offers Cultural Arts & Tourism Grants Amidst Global Pandemic 

Eau Claire, Wis. (April 3, 2020) - Visit Eau Claire is accepting grant applications from organizations through the semi-annual Tourism and Cultural Arts grant programs. 

The Tourism Grant is intended to encourage tourism development and promotion through events that will generate overnight stays and/or extend visitor stays while creating a positive image of the Eau Claire area. It is appropriate for new and expanding festivals, sports tournaments, conventions, and other special events that have a rom night impact on Chippewa Valley area hotels. IT can be used to offset marketing, advertising, printing, postage and mailing costs. 

The Cultural Arts Grant is intended to enhance the enjoyment and understanding of arts and culture in the region. Proposals may include performing arts, visual media, literary arts, folk art, festivals, local history, artist series, cultural programs for grades, K-12, cultural traditions, or public art installations/programs. It can be used for any expense related to a cultural program that nourishes artistic expression and development, or enhances the enjoyment and understanding of arts and culture for community residents. 

Funds from the grants can be used as economic relief for businesses affected by COVID-19. Interim Executive Director, Benny Anderson says, "Tourism and the arts have given this area so much. This is the best way we can give back. Our goal through these grants is to give organizations who host events and drive tourism some financial support to not only continue their work but to stay afloat and grow. The Chippewa Valley's economy needs hospitality to bounce back as quickly as possible and these events and organizations are one fo the biggest arteries we have to that livelihood. We welcome any community organizations or individuals to apply for our grants to expedite the return to business when it's safe to do so."

These grant programs will be in conjunction with work on the Chippewa Together initiative and our upcoming Sports Grants launch. 

Grant applications are reviewed by a committee at Visit Eau Claire and are accepted twice per year on April 15 and November 15. 

Complete grand guidelines and application materials for both programs are available on the Visit Eau Claire website at In the event that you do not qualify or are not chosen for a grant, we will be providing resources to every grant that we know of and any assistance we can to apply for it. 

About Visit Eau Claire Visit Eau Claire is the area's official tourism marketing organization with a role to better the city for all who live, work, study and play here and a mission to bring visitors to the area. With encouragement and support from Visit Eau Claire and benefiting greatly from the independent spirit of those who call the community home, this northern Wisconsin university city is making a name for itself as a creative hub with a hip and homegrown music and arts scene and a robust entrepreneurial culture. This city of bridges sits at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers, a breathtaking backdrop that inspires originality and encourages a love of outdoors at every turn. Midwest Indie? Yes, really. 


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