Eau Claire, Wis. (March 10, 2021) - Visit Eau Claire is now accepting the next round of 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 room night impact on Chippewa Valley area hotels. It can be used to offset marketing, advertising, printing, postage and mailing costs. 

The Cultural Arts Grants, supported by Wisconsin Arts Board, 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. 

Executive Director, Benny Anderson says, In the last year, we have seen the loss of arts and cultural organizations on a national level at a staggering pace, but locally, partners across all facets and industries have worked to continue to support arts events and organizations not only survive COVID-19, but work to grow now in preparation for a better tomorrow. In conjunction with the Wisconsin Arts Board, it’s an honor to give these grants to one of the pillars of our economy and an incredible asset in the community’s recovery from the pandemic’s effects.”

Grant applications are reviewed by a committee at Visit Eau Claire and are accepted twice per year in April and November. The deadline for this round is April 15. 

Application materials and complete grant guidelines are available on the Visit Eau Claire website at https://www.visiteauclaire.com/about/grant-information/. In the event that applicants do not qualify or are not chosen for a grant, Visit Eau Claire will provide resources to help promote the event to visitors. 

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.