Nebraska Tourism Commission
12/15/17 Postmarked or 5:00 PM Hand Delivery
Grants starting at $25,000 to Nebraska nonprofits, for-profits, and municipal, county, and other sub-State governments 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.
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.
Some examples of projects previously funded by this grant program are:
- NEBRASKAland Days in North Platte received funding to promote the Great American Wild West Show featuring the original historic Buffalo Bill performance format
- Scotts Bluff Area Visitors Bureau received funding to promote the Old West Balloon Fest…ReInflated, reinventing a beloved regional event and drawing exposure for Scotts Bluff National Monument, Western Nebraska, and the state of Nebraska
- Omaha Storm Chasers received funding to broadcast Werner Park’s 2015 Triple-A All Star Game on MLB Network, an event held in Nebraska for the first time in the state’s history
GrantWatch ID#: 149266
An individual grant will be awarded for an amount no higher than $250,000 and no lower than $25,000.
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.
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.
Ineligible applicants are Federal and State government agencies.
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.
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; in-kind services are not eligible.
Grant Program Schedule
- October 18, 2017: Grant guidelines made available
- December 15, 2017: Completed grant applications due
- January 31, 2018: Grant awards announced
- May 31, 2019: Grant reimbursement paperwork due – FIRM DEADLINE
Deadline: If submitting via US Postal Service, the application must be postmarked no later than December 15, 2017. If delivering application by hand, the application must be turned into the Tourism Commission office no later than 5:00pm on December 15, 2017. NOTE: Applications cannot be modified or accepted after deadline has passed.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Heather Hogue, Grant Administrator
Nebraska Tourism Commission
301 Centennial Mall South, 1st Floor
P.O. Box 98907
Lincoln, NE 68509-8907