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Lansing, Ill. -The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau awarded $5,370 to the First Midwest Half Marathon for tourism promotion. The grant was funded through the Chicago Southland CVB's Local Tourism Matching Grant program, and will cover 30% of the design and printing of promotional materials and advertisements in Runners Word, Chicago Athlete and Running Times.
With accolades from the Chicago Area Runners Association and the 2010 Governor's Hometown Award, the First Midwest Half Marathon has proven itself as the premier annual athletic event in the Chicago Southland, said CSCVB President Jim Garrett. The CVB is proud to continue our support of this great race and the 2,500 runners who will come to Palos Heights for the 2013 half marathon.
The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau developed the Local Tourism Matching Grant program in 1991, and since the program's inception has awarded over $900,000 in grants. Annually, the CVB can award up to $46,000 in five grant cycles. The CVB's Local Tourism Matching Grant Program is designed for not-for-profit organizations or municipalities for promotion of their festivals, events, and attractions targeted to visitors outside the Chicago Southland region.
The Chicago Southland CVB periodically hosts Grant Writing Workshops to assist in preparation of the application. The next Grant Writing Workshop will be January 3, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the CSCVB offices in Lansing, Ill. For information about the Local Tourism Matching Grant program, go to VisitChicagoSouthland.com/about_grant.cfm or call the CSCVB at 708-895-8200.