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Attraction Development Grant

Grants to Kansas Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Businesses to Increase Tourism

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

Deadline Date:

04/30/21 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Kansas nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and for-profit businesses to develop or enhance tourist attractions. Eligible uses of funds include building enhancements, new construction, and new or enhanced exhibits. The purpose of this program is to assist the development of sustainable, market-driven travel experiences within the state that will influence destination travel decisions by identified travel customers, creating economic impact resulting from the creation of jobs, capital investment, revenue, and/or visitation in Kansas.

Goals of Kansas Attraction Development Grant Program are:

  • Develop destination-based assets
  • Enhance visitor experience
  • Foster tourism industry collaboration
  • Maximize the economic return on public and private investments in Kansas and enhance the quality of life in communities across the state

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176183

Term of Contract:

Projects should be completed by December 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Not-for-profit organizations – 501 (c) (3)
- Government agencies – cities, counties, townships, federally recognized Indian Tribes
- For-profit business

Unallowable Leveraged Funds:
- Cost incurred or funds expended prior to the start date of the grant contract
- Funds from other State of Kansas Departments or other Wildlife, Parks & Tourism funding programs
- Existing equipment, buildings, furnishings, or inventory that are presently owned by organization
- Post Project costs such as normal operational expenses
- Debt refinancing
- Land or building acquired prior to the start date of the grant contract

Ineligible Projects and Activities:
- Computers
- Travel or trade shows
- Refinancing of debt
- General upkeep or improvements (improvements should be supported through the organization’s operating budget)
- Normal operating expenses (staff salaries, rent, phone, supplies, postage, photocopying or other expenses associated with the ongoing normal administrative functions)
- To bring an attraction or building into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
- General promotional brochures
- Retail shops
- Restaurants
- Lodging facilities (hunting lodges, B&B, campgrounds, RV parks)
- Memorials, statues or signs
- Travel Information Centers
- Community centers
- Projects not having sustainable, accountable ties to the tourism marketplace
- Grant administration fees

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted each year beginning March 1st with a deadline of April 30th, 5:00 p.m.

Grant Timeline:
- March 1, 2021: Grant Opens for Applications
- April 30, 2021: Application Due Date
- June 15, 2021: Grant Awards Announced

Contact Information:

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

For details, please contact Taylor Hartshorn at (785) 296-8951 or taylor.hartshorn@ks.gov.

Applications are to be submitted to Colby Terry, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism, 1020 S. Kansas
Ave., Ste. 200, Topeka KS 66612.

For assistance with the application or submission process contact Colby Terry at (785) 296-8951 or colby.terry@ks.gov

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