Tourism Grants

Visit Eau Claire Offers Grants to Boost Tourism, Cultural Arts

grant applications due April 15

V1 Staff, photos by Branden Nall |

The Eau Claire Marathon is a previous recipient of a Tourism Grant from Visit Eau Claire.
The Eau Claire Marathon is a previous recipient of a Tourism Grant from Visit Eau Claire.

Visit Eau Claire, the area’s official tourism marketing agency, is now accepting applications for the next round of its semi-annual Tourism and Cultural Arts grant programs. Grant applications, which will be reviewed by a committee at Visit Eau Claire, are due by April 15.

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. These grants are appropriate for new and expanding festivals, sports tournaments, conventions, and other special events that have a room night impact on Chippewa Valley area hotels. Funds can be used to offset marketing, advertising, printing, postage, and mailing costs.

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

“In the last year, we haves 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,” said Benny Anderson, Visit Eau Claire’s interim executive director. “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.”

Application materials and complete grant guidelines are available on the Visit Eau Claire website at 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.

Recipients of the most recent round of grants, issued in January, include:

  • Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild
  • Clearwater Jazz & Art Festival
  • Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra
  • Eau Claire Municipal Band
  • Midwest Artist Academy
  • Sculpture Tour Eau Claire
  • Uniting Bridges of Eau Claire
  • World Flute Society
  • Alpha Events – Firefighter Combat Challenge
  • Blackhawk Retriever Club – National Amateur Retriever Championship
  • C&G Promotions – Wisconsin Sports Show – Spring Edition
  • CORBA Trails – 2021 Trails Event Series
  • Eau Claire Fastpitch Classic
  • Eau Claire Marathon
  • Rosemaling Coast to Coast 2021 Convention
  • Uniting Bridges of Eau Claire – Toward One Wisconsin 2021