The mission of the Effingham Tourism Department is to enhance the economic development of our region through the promotion of tourism and the comprehensive marketing of our destination. Through the establishment of a local convention and visitors bureau, the Tourism Department helps to create business for the City of Effingham and surrounding communities by aggressively promoting the City as an overnight destination and by increasing visitor awareness of the area, which provides an economic benefit to the City.

Tourism Advisory Grant Guidelines

Please read the Tourism Advisory Grant Guidelines to see if your event meets the requirements for the grant program. If your grant is accepted, the guidelines will inform you on all requirements of the grant, including using our logo and website on all of your marketing materials.

TAB Grant Guidelines

Tourism Advisory Grant Closing Report

DUE 60 days after the event. Please fill out this report and submit to the Tourism Office. If the Closing Report is not filled out and returned within 60 days of the event, the applicant cannot apply for the grant next year.

TAB Closing Report

Tourism Advisory Grant Application

The grant program is designed to provide needed financial support to events that meet the mission of the Effingham CVB. Please be sure to fill out the entire grant application.

TAB Grant Application


For questions regarding the grant process, please call Jodi Thoele, Director of Tourism, at 217-342-5305 or email at: 

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