Grants Tourism

Visit Eau Claire Funds Boost Cultural, Tourism, and Sports Activities

grants include aid to organizations challenged by pandemic

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Mike O'Brien |

LOOK WHAT BUBBLED UP. Blue Ox Music Festival, shown here in 2019, is one of a number of recipeints of tourism grants from Visit Eau Claire.
LOOK WHAT BUBBLED UP. Blue Ox Music Festival, shown here in 2019, is among the recipients of recent grants from Visit Eau Claire.

Visit Eau Claire kicked off the summer by awarding $90,500 in Tourism and Cultural Arts grants to organizations and events in the Chippewa Valley. Included in the funding are $41,000 in one-time grants approved by Visit Eau Claire’s Board of Directors to help organizations still struggling with the impact of the pandemic, as well as $9,000 in grants from Visit Eau Claire’s Sports Commission.

The Tourism Grant program is intended to encourage tourism development and promotion through events that generate overnight stays, while the Cultural Arts Grants are awarded in partnership with the Wisconsin Arts Board and are intended to enhance the enjoyment and understanding of arts and culture in the region.

This round’s recipients for the Cultural Arts Grants are:

  • Chippewa Valley Museum
  • Eau Claire Area Economic Development-Gala
  • Eau Claire International Film Festival
  • eDance Company
  • Mabel Tainter Theater

This round’s recipients for the Tourism Grants are:

  • 90’s Water Street Reunion
  • Artisan Forge Studios
  • Blue Ox Music Festival
  • C&G Promotions LLC
  • City of Altoona-Pumpkin Festival
  • Eau Claire Area Economic Development event at River Prairie
  • Royal Credit Union (RCU) Foundation
  • Seymour Ball Club
  • The Children's Museum of Eau Claire
  • Toward One Wisconsin Conference- The Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (WIPPS)
  • Wisconsin Farm Technology Days (Hospitality Shuttle, Hospitality Country Hoedown)

This round’s recipients for the Sports Commision Grants are:

  • Ohio Valley Babe Ruth Regional Tournament
  • Wisconsin Babe Ruth State Tournament
  • Eau Claire United Soccer Tournament
  • Wisconsin Baseball Association Regional Tournament