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Grants to Nebraska Nonprofits and For-Profits to Attract Out-of-State Tourists

Community Impact Grant Program


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
149266

Funding Source
Nebraska Tourism Commission
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Geographic Focus
USA: Nebraska

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/08/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Nebraska nonprofit and for-profit organizations to attract out-of-state visitors. Funding is intended to support the use of creative publicity strategies to promote tourism and encourage press coverage. The goal of the program is to assist communities and organizations hosting national or international-caliber events held in Nebraska with event marketing.

The Nebraska Tourism Commission administers this grant program, per Nebraska Revised Statute 81-3725, to provide marketing assistance grants to communities and organizations hosting national or international-caliber events held in Nebraska that have the potential to attract a significant percentage of out-of-state visitors and to generate favorable national or international press coverage for Nebraska.

Increased promotion of national and international-caliber events within the Commission’s marketing channels can increase exposure, draw attendees, and benefit the state as a whole. Applicants requesting grant funding through this program are encouraged to consider directing a portion of the marketing efforts towards at least one of the following exclusive DirectedMarketing projects, offered only through this program:

  • Exclusive event advertising on the home page of visitnebraska.com
  • Exclusive event advertising spread in the 2025 Official Nebraska Travel Guide. 

In addition to the Directed-Marketing recommendations above, communities and organizations hosting national or international-caliber events can apply for eligible activities including, but not limited to, the following:

  • National or international broadcasting promotions of an event
  • Marketing efforts of events with the intention to draw national or international visitors (such as music/film/art festivals, large scale sporting events, etc.)
  • Production and placement of mass media advertising directed outside of Nebraska including magazine, newspaper, radio, television, or website development/online promotions for an event
  • Community and regional promotional ventures/efforts to secure event bids (Nebraska must be confirmed as the event host location prior to submitting grant application)


Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Nebraska Tourism welcomes applicants from both for-profit and nonprofit organizations, and encourages ideas in support of diversity, equity, and inclusivity for all. Ineligible applicants are federal and state government agencies. A federal identification number is required in the submittal of an application.

No more than one grant will be awarded in the grant period to any grantee applying for a grant independently, but the same grantee can participate in a cooperative activity awarded a grant.

Ineligible
Items not eligible for funding include, but are not limited to, capital facility development or improvements, construction of attractions and other travel-related facilities; administrative expenses for salaries, newsletters, stationery, etc.; bumper stickers, t-shirts, placemats, and other specialty items; talent/dignitary honorariums or awards; purchase of computers, projectors, and other equipment; association or organization dues. Also ineligible are activities directed at moving tourism-related events already held in Nebraska, including sporting events, from one location in the state to another.

Pre-Application Information
Grant Program Schedule
- October 16, 2023 Grant guidelines made available
- December 8, 2023 Completed grant applications due
- February 1, 2024 Grant awards announced

Grant recipients must complete projects and pay in full all items (grant and match) prior to reimbursement. Grant recipients are required to submit only one (1) reimbursement request within 90 days after the completion of the event or no later than May 31, 2025 (whichever occurs first).

The grant amount awarded must be matched by at least an equal amount by the grant applicant. In other words, a dollar-for-dollar match is required.

Estimated Size of Grant
An individual grant will be awarded for an amount no higher than $250,000. The minimum request amount should be no lower than $25,000.

Contact Information
Submit all application components via email titled “2023-2024 Community Impact Grant Application” to: heather.hogue@nebraska.gov

If you don’t receive a confirmation receipt, or if you have any questions regarding eligibility, timeline, reimbursement process, etc., please contact the Grant Administrator: Heather Hogue at 402-471-3774 or at the above email address.

Official Nebraska Government Website Nebraska Tourism Commission
301 Centennial Mall South PO Box 98907
Lincoln, NE 68509-8907
(402) 471-3796

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