Visit Hendricks County Launches Grant Program to Enhance 2024 Total Solar Eclipse Experience

DANVILLE, IN (September 26, 2023) – On April 8, 2024, Hendricks County will experience its first total solar eclipse since 1869 with the path of totality passing through our county for more than three minutes. Locals and visitors will be looking for things to do and places to experience this astronomical phenomenon.

To encourage these festivities, Visit Hendricks County has established a grant program to help fund exciting events or activities celebrating the eclipse. Educational seminars, product development, festivals and events, art installations and other activities open to the public and occurring March 1 through April 8, 2024, are eligible. The program will award grant recipients up to $2,500 in 1:1 matching funds per activity or event, which will be reimbursed following the completion of the activity or event.

 “The eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and we want to make sure our residents and visitors have opportunities to learn, experience and remember this historic spectacle,” said Jaime Bohler Smith, Visit Hendricks County’s Executive Director/CEO.

Specific criteria must be met to be awarded a grant, and only one grant request will be allowed per event or organization. Not for profits, for-profit businesses and government organizations are eligible to apply. A virtual grant information session will be held at 3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 16 to provide more details and to give those interested a chance to ask questions. Registration to attend the virtual webinar is now open and recommended for applicants.

Grant applications must be received by 5 p.m. Nov. 3, 2023. Grants will be awarded by Dec. 8, 2023.

To learn more about the program, its criteria, register for the information session or to apply for a grant, go to

The Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., d/b/a Visit Hendricks County attracts visitors to the county by promoting and developing tourism, which stimulates economic growth and enhances quality of life.  For more information, visit our website at or call (317) 718-8750.

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