Visit South Bend Mishawaka has awarded more than $100,000 in grants to fund tourism and marketing efforts. The money will support 25 programs and events aimed at bringing visitors and tourism dollars to St. Joseph County.
The organization says it received more than 30 applications for the funding program, now in its sixth year. The effort is funded through allocations from the St. Joseph County Hotel-Motel Tax Boards, and has awarded $570,000 in total.
The 2016 recipients are:
Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition
Jr. Irish Soccer
Studebaker Drivers Club
International Association of Water Rescue Professionals
St. Joseph County 4H Fair
Elite Baseball World Series
St. Paddy’s Day Tent Party & Pub Tour
Indiana Invaders Soccer
Irish Classic Gymnastics Meet
Sugar Camp Days
Bike Michiana for Hospice
Michiana Renaissance Festival
South Bend Museum of Art
Great Lakes Cat Enthusiasts
St. Joseph Valley Table Tennis.
Tom Curtis with the Studebaker Drivers Club says the grants have enabled the group to double attendance to its events, saying "Studebaker fans from 27 states visited South Bend last May."