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Grants to Nevada Agencies and Nonprofits to
Improve Tourism Facilities and Infrastructure

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Nevada Division of Tourism

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Grants to Nevada nonprofit organizations, cities, and counties to enhance tourism infrastructure and attract visitors to the state. Funding may be requested for the development of publicly owned facilities, infrastructure, and property. Possible projects include but are not limited to:

-Visitor center, kiosk, rest stop, etc.
-Downtown improvements
-Gateway improvements
-Local park or recreation improvements that will increase visitor/tourist visits
-Fair grounds and arena improvements
-Improved parking for visitors/tourists or RV’s
-Infrastructure such as water, sewer, streets, that will directly enhance visitor/tourist visits

Priority will be given to projects that are unable to access other sources of funds. Documentation must be submitted to show why other sources of funds are not available for the project.

Priority will be given to projects that produce tangible assets that improve the tourism potential for a community or an area.

Priority will be given to applications submitted from jurisdictions that collect transient occupancy taxes where taxable lodging exists.

Priority will be given to applications submitted from rural communities unless part of an application from a regional organization that includes smaller communities.

Priority will be given to projects identified as a local priority arrived at through a planning or a public meeting process that shows broad community support and commitment. Documentation must be submitted showing the plans or process, which identified the project as a local priority.

Funding allocation will consider measurable results provided by the prospective recipient organization. Each grant application should estimate the expected increase in visitor/tourist numbers and the positive impact upon the local economy. A statement should be included with the grant application as to how the number of visitor/tourist visits and the impact on the local economy will be measured. These projections will be used in the evaluation of grant awards, and will be reviewed and compared with the evaluation of the project when competed. The measurable results will be used in the evaluation of future grant applications if for the same or similar projects.

The following are examples of allowable expenses for the purpose of the grant funds.
-Capital investments or improvements
-Equipment used as a part of the project
-Real or personal property
-Interpretive signs
-Construction costs
-Permit fees required by local, state or federal entities

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179775

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Funds may be committed or expended from the date of award announcement (following the spring meeting) until June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant funds will be provided to counties, cities and local and regional organizations that promote travel and tourism.

Nonprofits and local tourism entities are eligible to apply for funding in this program.

The following are NOT Allowable Expenses for the purpose of these grant funds:
-Salaries (except as local match directly related to a project), cost over-runs, overhead, staff food or lodging, staff benefits, entertainment, or other personnel costs
-Alcohol or drugs.
-Operating costs such as office rent, supplies, telephone, postage, subscriptions, memberships, utilities, maintenance, auto expense, or maintenance of equipment
-In state or out of state travel costs or per diem (except as local match directly related to a project)
-Training registration fees, travel, materials, training consultants, other costs for training staff, volunteers, community leaders, etc.
-Advertising, public relations, publications, promotional gifts, other marketing costs o Cost of ongoing operation or maintenance
-Non-budgeted expenses
-Expenses incurred or commitments made prior to the grant award

Questions on what constitutes expenses that are allowed or not allowed should be addressed to the Committee or its representatives. The Committee will make the final determination as to which expenses are allowed and which are not allowed.

Pre-Application Information:

Each recipient must provide a local match, an amount of money at least equal to the amount of the grant and for the same purpose. Local match may come from either the private or the public sector. A portion of the local match may be from in- kind goods or services, which assist to carry out the purposes of the grant. In a county having a population of less than 100,000, the Committee may, if convinced that the recipient is financially unable to do so, provide a grant with less than equal matching money provided by the recipient.

Applicants are encouraged to leverage other funds beyond the required match such as grants, local cash, local in-kind; etc. to maximize limited resources. Projects, which include other state or federal agency funds, must demonstrate compliance with all requirements of the other funding agencies before final payment will be made.

The deadline to apply is January 19, 2018.

Awards will be announced following the spring Commission on Tourism board meeting.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Nevada Division of Tourism
401 North Carson Street
Carson City, Nevada 89701

(775) 687-0620

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USA: Nevada