Grants

The Village of Lombard offers several reimbursement programs which benefit homeowners and businesses. Please select an option below for more information.

Applications are best submitted online, or by email if an online option is not provided. Otherwise, they may be placed in the white drop box in front of the Village Hall (next to the postal box) or delivered in person during office hours. Online and email are preferred to enable the quickest response. Note that a delay of up to a few days may be incurred for paper submittals depending on in-office staff availability.

  1. Local Tourism Grant
  2. Backyard Drainage
  3. Rain Barrel
  4. Compost Bin
  5. Clear Water Disconnect
  6. Downtown Grant
  7. Lead Water Line Replacement
  8. Overhead Sewer
  9. Sandbag Materials

About the Local Tourism Grant Program

The Local Tourism, or Hotel/Motel Tax Grant Program was developed by the Village through the Community Promotion and Tourism Committee, and is intended to assist local organizations with funding for local programs and events that promote tourism and conventions within, or otherwise attract overnight nonresident visitors to the Village of Lombard. Funding for these grants is generated by hotel/motel tax dollars. The goal of the Local Tourism Grant program is to positively impact the vitality of Lombard by contributing to the local economy through increased hotel occupancy, visitor travel and local expenditures. 

COVID:19 Impacts 

The current State of Illinois Restore Illinois guidelines and Region 8 Resurgence Mitigations for COVID-19 severely restrict gatherings of all types. While the Village of Lombard is accepting proposals for 2021 projects, grant funding under the Local Tourism Grant Program is contingent upon the ability to hold the proposed event or program in full compliance with federal, state and local COVID-19 precautions and requirements at the time of the event. Funding recommended or approved under this grant program for 2021 will be withheld if the COVID-19 pandemic and associated guidelines ultimately preclude or prohibit the proposed event. The State of Illinois will not reach Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan, where all sectors of the economy reopen and large events and festivals can take place, until “testing, tracing and treatment are widely available throughout the State” and” either a vaccine is developed to prevent additional spread of COVID-19, a treatment option is readily available that ensures health care capacity is no longer a concern, or there are no new cases over a sustained period.”

Funding for the 2021 Local Tourism Grant Program is constrained. The grant committee may prioritize grant awards, adjust funding levels, or choose to fund a portion of any request based upon availability of funds.

Seeking Applicants for 2021 Local Tourism Grants

The Village of Lombard is currently seeking grant applications for local programs and events that support tourism and promote the Village as a destination to nonresident visitors. Interested first time applicants to the Local Tourism Grant Program are encouraged to submit an application for Local Tourism Grant funds to the Village by Monday, January 25, 2021. 

Who should apply?
Applicants must be organizations seeking to produce and promote a clearly defined festival, program or convention that attracts overnight visitor stays in Lombard hotels. The purpose of the grant program is to provide support for local tourism programs, attractions and events to enhance the marketing of the Village of Lombard to visitors. Groups applying for grant funds are encouraged to purchase all goods and services used for the event from businesses located in Lombard.

Applicants to the Local Tourism Grant Program must be organizations seeking to produce and promote a clearly defined festival, program or event that promotes tourism and conventions within, or otherwise attracts overnight nonresident visitors to the Village of Lombard.

First Time Applicants
First time applicants must attend a grant-seekers workshop to receive assistance and guidance with their initial grant application. For more information on the grant program or to schedule a grant-seekers workshop, contact Assistant Village Manager Nicole Aranas at aranasn@villageoflombard.org.

Deadline for submission:  Applications must be received on or before January 25, 2021.

Returning Applicants
Grant awards for returning programs will be made once a year. To be considered for funding in 2021, applicants for programs which have previously received Village funding must apply by January 25, 2021.

Review Criteria
All events must show the potential to generate overnight hotel stays and should include Village hotel(s) in their promotion. Applications will be assessed based upon criteria including, but not limited to the following:

  • Ability of the event to attract overnight visitors in past years.
  • Ability of the event to grow over two or more years.
  • Food, beverage and retail expenditures by out of market visitors and the extent to which the event provides economic opportunities for Lombard businesses. 
  • Ability of the event to project a positive image of the Village of Lombard and to increase the visibility of Lombard tourism, attractions, and events.

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