Lt. Governor Awards $10M In Arts, Cultural & Destination Marketing Organization Support Grants

Eleven local organizations received funding.

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Grant money will help 11 area organizations that had their operations disrupted by COVID-19.  

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch announced Thursday that 479 organizations will receive almost $10 million through the Arts, Cultural and Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) grant program.

The initiative is made possible through a partnership between the Indiana Destination Development Corporation (IDDC) and the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), providing operational support to local organizations whose operations were disrupted by COVID-19.

Local organizations receiving funding include:

  • Hillforest Historical Foundation in Aurora - $19,480.01
  • Dearborn Highlands Arts Council in Lawrenceburg - $4,815.86
  • Historic Metamora, Inc. - $6,378.10
  • City of Rising Sun - $1,776.24
  • Ohio County Convention, Tourism and Visitors Commission in Rising Sun - $19,480.01
  • Ohio County Historical Society, Inc. in Rising Sun - $4,815.86
  • Ripley County Tourism Bureau in Versailles - $12,944.28
  • Gibson Theatre Inc. in Batesville - $11,770.34
  • Southeastern Indiana Dance, Inc. in Batesville - $12,944.28
  • Kids Discovery Factory in Batesville - $12,944.28
  • Milan 54, Inc. in Milan - $8,601.35

Award amounts were determined by a formula which included factors for budget size, previous amounts of CARES Act funding received and amount of eligible expenses, resulting in an equitable distribution to organizations in all areas of the state.

"These organizations help enhance the quality of life here in our great state," Crouch said. "I am pleased to see the arts and cultural sector, which adds to Indiana's tourism economy, get this funding."

A list of the awardees can be found here.

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