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Community Impact Grant Program

Grants to Nebraska Nonprofits, For-Profits, and
Agencies to Host Major Events that Attract Tourists

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Nebraska Tourism Commission - Visit Nebraska

Deadline Date:

12/13/19 Postmarked or 5:00 PM Hand Delivery

Description:

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Grants starting at $25,000 to Nebraska nonprofit and for-profit organizations and local government agencies to host national and international caliber events. Funding is intended to attract tourists from out of state and to generate favorable press coverage on a national or international level.

Recommended Directed-Marketing Participation

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 direct a portion of the marketing efforts towards at least one of the exclusive Directed-Marketing projects, offered only through this program. For more information, see: https://visitnebraska.com/sites/default/files/2019-10/2019-2020%20Community%20Impact%20Grant%20Program%20Guidelines.pdf#page=2

Eligible Activities

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:

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

Successful applicants will utilize creative marketing strategies to generally promote, encourage and attract visitors to the state, focusing on the use of media sources to promote their event on a nationwide or international scale and, in turn, gain national and international press coverage of their event and Nebraska.

A community or organization applying for a grant shall provide:

  • Documentation that the event will attract out-of-state visitors;
  • Details regarding the type of marketing that would be carried out with state funds;
  • Methodologies used to track the impact of marketing efforts and the number of out-of-state visitors attending the event; and
  • Details regarding the potential national or international press coverage that will be generated by the event.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149266

Estimated Size of Grant:

An individual grant will be awarded for an amount no higher than $250,000 and no lower than $25,000.

Term of Contract:

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, 2021 (whichever occurs first).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Grants are available for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations, including municipal, county, and other sub-state governments in Nebraska, applying for grants independently or cooperatively with other organizations and/or other sub-state governments.
- 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. For example, a convention and visitors bureau can receive a grant by itself and additionally be in a group of convention and visitor bureaus jointly applying for, and receiving, a grant.

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:

Deadline: If submitting via US Postal Service, the application must be postmarked no later than December 13, 2019. If delivering application by hand, the application must be turned into the Tourism Commission office no later than 5:00pm on December 13, 2019.
Applications cannot be modified or accepted after deadline has passed. No exceptions.

Grant Program Schedule
- October 18, 2019 Grant guidelines made available
- December 13, 2019 Completed grant applications due
- February 3, 2020 Grant awards announced

For Grant Procedures, see: https://visitnebraska.com/sites/default/files/2019-10/2019-2020%20Community%20Impact%20Grant%20Program%20Guidelines.pdf#page=3.

If awarded a grant, the applicant will receive grant funds via reimbursement.

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. The minimum required match must be cash spent by the awardee towards the project; in-kind services are not eligible.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

If you have questions about grant opportunities offered by the Nebraska Tourism Commission please contact the Grant Administrator:

Heather Hogue, Grant Administrator
Nebraska Tourism Commission
301 Centennial Mall South, 1st Floor
P.O. Box 98907
Lincoln, NE 68509-8907
heather.hogue@nebraska.gov or 402-471-3774

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