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First deadline approaches for tourism improvement grantsTell North Platte what you think

Applicants have until July 5 to file a letter to the North Platte / Lincoln County Visitor’s Bureau for a grant to improve tourist attractions. The letter gives notice of the intent to apply, and must estimate the amount of money to be requested in a formal grant request, the total project cost, a brief description of the proposed project and the organizations involved in the project.

Organizations that do not submit an intent-to-apply letter will not be eligible to submit an application for Improvement Funds, the visitor’s bureau said.

Improvement grants are available for brick-and-mortar improvements and expansions to attractions and visitor services. Qualified organizations are 501(c)3, not-for-profit, or divisions of local government.

Following a review of the intent to apply letter, the staff of the NP/LCVB will schedule a meeting with potential applicants to discuss the project and determine if it is eligible under the guidelines of the Nebraska Visitors Development Act.

The intent to apply must be returned to the NP/LCVB office by Wednesday, July 5. For projects approved to submit a full application, the application form will be available immediately, with a due date of Sept. 29.

Organizations that do not submit an intent to apply or miss the deadline will not be able to submit a grant application for improvement funds.

For more information, contact Lisa Burke or Muriel Clark at the North Platte/Lincoln County Visitors Bureau at 101 Halligan Drive. The phone is 308.532.4729. Emails can be sent to lburke@visitnorthplatte.com or mclark@visitnorthplatte.com.

Since 2006, the Improvement Fund has awarded more than $1 million dollars to Lincoln County organizations.

Due to an overwhelming number of applicants, the Visitors Bureau advisory committee implemented the “intent to apply” requirement in the application process.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/20/2017
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