02/01/19

Nebraska Tourism announces tourism grant recipients

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FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Press Contact: Erin Lenz at 402-471-3797, or erin.lenz@nebraska.gov
Grant Administrator: Heather Hogue at 402-471-3774 or heather.hogue@nebraska.gov

Nebraska Tourism announces tourism grant recipients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LINCOLN, Neb. (February 1, 2019) – The Nebraska Tourism Commission today announced grant awards totaling $784,600.20 in the combined application cycle of the Community Impact and Tourism Marketing Grant programs. The Commission received a total of 81 applications this grant cycle requesting $1,713,996.06 in funding.
 
The Commission’s grant programs are very competitive, and involve a selection committee of grant reviewers from the private and public sectors and citizens at large. 

"With the widespread attention of our new campaign, being able to help communities, events and organizations across the state affordably capitalize on Nebraska's growing popularity is really exciting. There were many creative grant proposals this year and I’m looking forward to seeing the impact they have on tourism in Nebraska," said John Ricks, Nebraska Tourism Commission executive director.
 
Awardees this grant cycle include: 

  • $211,620 to the Lancaster Event Center to promote the 2020 National High School Finals Rodeo
  • $152,000 to the Omaha Sports Commission for the 2020 US Olympic Team Swimming Trials and digital directed marketing
  • $25,000 to Discover Northwest Nebraska for their digital marketing campaign promotion
  • $25,000 to Sidney/Cheyenne County Tourism for promotion of the Time to Unwind at Exit 59 campaign
  • $23,500 to the Omaha Equestrian Foundation to promote the 2020 International Omaha Horse Competition
  • $21,600 to Opera Omaha for promotion of the 2020 ONE Festival
  • $21,280 to North Platte/Lincoln County Visitors Bureau for group tour promotions and directed marketing
  • $14,100 to Cass County Tourism for group tour promotions and directed marketing
  • $13,662.50 to Lied Lodge and Arbor Day Farm for directed marketing
  • $12,950 to Pink Gorilla Events for digital and social media marketing
  • $12,595 to Golden Spike Tower for group tour promotions and directed marketing
  • $12,000 to Columbus/Platte County Convention and Visitors Bureau for directed marketing
  • $10,500 to Kearney Archway for directed marketing
  • $10,250 to Maha Music Festival and Conference for promotion of the 2019 event
  • $9,750 to Willa Cather Foundation for directed marketing promotions of the Walk in Her Footsteps; Stay in Her Town campaign
  • $9,375 to Norfolk Area Visitors Bureau for directed marketing
  • $9,100 to Hastings Museum for directed marketing
  • $8,500 to Valley County Tourism and Ord Area Chamber of Commerce for directed marketing
  • $8,250 to Cherry County Tourism for directed marketing
  • $8,190 to Sports Nebraska for the 2019 TEAMS Conference
  • $8,000 to Old West Balloon Fest for promotion of the 2019 National Hot Air Ballooning Championship
  • $7,500 to Joslyn Castle Trust for directed marketing
  • $7,500 to Kearney Cultural Partners for directed marketing
  • $7,500 to Lincoln Calling for directed marketing efforts of the 2019 event
  • $7,500 to Visit Omaha for directed marketing
  • $7,000 to GROW Nebraska Foundation for directed marketing
  • $7,000 to Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway for directed marketing
  • $6,750 to Nebraska Association of Bed & Breakfasts for directed marketing
  • $6,000 to Gage County Tourism for group tour promotions and directed marketing
  • $5,771 to Wessels Living History Farm for group tour promotions and directed marketing
  • $5,720 to Northeast Nebraska Travel Council for group tour promotions and directed marketing
  • $5,261 to Museum of Nebraska Art for directed marketing
  • $5,250 to Red Cloud Tourism & Commerce for directed marketing
  • $5,230 to Kearney Visitors Bureau for group tour promotions and social media marketing
  • $5,000 to Kearney’s Classic Car Collection for directed marketing
  • $5,000 to Ogallala/Keith County Chamber of Commerce for social media promotions
  • $5,000 to Washington County Historical Association for directed marketing
  • $4,500 to Superior Development Corporation for directed marketing
  • $4,000 to Rabble Mill for social media promotions of the 2019 Skate Art Music Anti-Gala
  • $4,000 to Western Nebraska Tourism Coalition for directed marketing
  • $3,795 to Brownville Cultural Center for group tour promotions and directed marketing
  • $3,750 to Southwest Nebraska Tourism Coalition for directed marketing
  • $3,350 to Legacy of the Plains Museum for promotion of the Oregon Trail Wagon Train
  • $3,230 to Gering Convention and Visitors Bureau for group tour promotions and social media marketing
  • $3,025 to Rich Harvest Vineyard and Winery for directed marketing and brochures
  • $3,000 to Box Butte Development Corporation for digital directed marketing
  • $3,000 to Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer for social media promotions
  • $3,000 to Lincoln Children’s Museum for social media promotions
  • $2,500 to Lincoln Arts Council for directed marketing of 2019 Lincoln Arts Festival
  • $2,500 to Scotts Bluff County Area Visitors Bureau for digital directed marketing
  • $2,000 to Friends of Homestead National Monument of America for social media promotion of their Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival
  • $2,000 to Friends of Lewis & Clark Bicentennial for digital marketing
  • $2,000 to Knox County Economic Development for social media promotions
  • $1,595 to Grand Island Convention and Visitors Bureau for group tour promotions
  • $1,545 to Boys Town for group tour promotions
  • $1,500 to Gothenburg Chamber of Commerce for digital directed marketing
  • $1,000 to Oregon-California Trail Association for digital directed marketing of the Nebraska Auto Tour
  • $933.20 to Sherman County Historical Society for newspaper advertising of their Jenner/Ohlsen Open House event
  • $922.50 to Omaha Performing Arts Society for group tour promotions
  • $750 to OUTLinc for promotion of the Prairie Pride Film Festival
  • $500 to the Sandy Dennis Foundation for digital directed marketing of the Sandy Dennis Film Festival

For additional information about future grant opportunities through the Nebraska Tourism Commission, please visit https://visitnebraska.com/media/industry/category/grants.

       

For more information about travel, events and unique destinations in Nebraska, order your free travel guide today at VisitNebraska.com. Then stay connected with Nebraska Tourism on our Visit Nebraska Facebook page, on Twitter, on Pinterest, on Instagram and on YouTube.
 
The mission of the Nebraska Tourism Commission is to expand Nebraska’s dynamic and diverse travel industry making it more viable by creating awareness, attracting increased visitors which results in greater tourism revenue and economic gain throughout the state. To learn more, go to VisitNebraska.com.

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