Event Grant Program Launches with Tulipanes Festival as first recipient

Holland, MI - The Tulipanes Art & Film Festival has been awarded a $3,000 grant to help fund the EK BALAM Education Program and the Scenes of South Shore Mural Project "Generations in Transition."
The Holland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau launched the Event Grant Program to assist groups, organizations, and nonprofits in the Holland area by providing direct funding to enhance the tourism environment.

"The grant program has been a dream of the Visitors Bureau for the past three years, when we first saw a prototype of this program at a national convention," said Sally Laukitis, Executive Director of the Visitors Bureau.

Grant funding for Tulipanes EK BALAM Dance Ensemble will help provide an interactive assembly for school age students along with a public evening performance at Hope College's DeWitt Theatre. Funding will also assist the newest South Shore Mural Project which will be unveiled Saturday, September 6th at 2pm during the Tulipanes Festival. Grand Rapids artist Roli Mancera has begun work on the 30' mural on the Ladderplex Building on the corner of 17th Street and Homestead Avenue.

"We are very excited to receive grant funding from the Visitors Bureau," said Lena Del Real, Tulipanes Project Manager. "The grant for the EK BALAM Ensemble will help increase awareness of Mexican culture through interpretive music and dance. Funding for the South Shore Mural Project has helped make the mural become a reality."

The Holland Area CVB Event Grant Program will grant awards up to $3000 to help fund tourist-related events and/or promotional activities within the Greater Holland Community. Those eligible to apply include any group (two or more businesses), organization, or nonprofit doing business in the Holland area. Guidelines, along with the grant application, can be found at www.holland.org/grants. Questions may be directed to Linda Hart, Visitor Bureau Community Outreach Director, at 616-394-0000 or emailed to [email protected].