Hammond, IN (June 2, 2021) – The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority has created a one-time grant opportunity to assists communities and their respective programming to attract more visitors. This “jumpstart” festival and event grant is for tourism related projects including festivals, events, signage and sporting event bids.

Brent Brashier, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the South Shore CVA and Owner of DOC’s Smokehouse and Craft Bar said, “Our communities have faced a number of challenges this last year and supporting local events and sporting events promotes economic growth. Tourism is one of the quickest ways to stimulate the economy as well as enhance each community’s quality of place.”

Municipalities can request up to $20,000 for a tourism related project. Applications are open until September 30, 2021. Tourism projects include: festivals, events, sports tournaments as well as wayfinding signage.

The South Shore CVA Board of Directors Grant Committee will review and award grant applications monthly. For an application and/or more information, cities and towns that are interested can reach out to Speros Batistatos, President/CEO of the South Shore CVA at spero@southshorecva.com.