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Intend to seek improvement grant? Must file Tell North Platte what you think

Due to an overwhelming number of applicants seeking money for tourist attactions, the North Platte/Lincoln County Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Committee continues to require an "intent to apply" in the application process.

Since it began in 2006, the Improvement Fund of the North Platte/Lincoln County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has awarded nearly $1 million to county organizations for brick-and-mortar improvements and/or expansions of local attractions and services for visitors.

For those who wish to apply, a letter stating their intent must be sent to the NP/LCCVB by July 1, including an estimated amount to be requested, 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 will not be eligible for submitting an application for Improvement Funds.

Qualified organizations are 501(c) 3, not-for-profit, or divisions of local government.

Following a review of the intent to apply, the staff of the NP/LCCVB will schedule a meeting with potential applicants to discuss the project and determine if it is eligible for a “minor grant” application or a “major grant” application.

Minor grants are defined as those in which the entire project has a cost of less than $5,000, or the activity is in the nature of repairs or maintenance to existing facilities.

Major grants are those in which the entire project has a cost of more than $5,000, or which involve new construction, whether as a new attraction or visitor service, or an expansion of an existing attraction or visitor service.

The intent to apply must be returned to the NP/LCCVB office by July 1.

For projects that receive approval to submit a full application, the application will be available immediately upon approval with a due date of Sept. 30, organizers said.

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.

Funds for improvement grants come from taxes on motel rooms in Lincoln County.

For more information, contact Lisa Burke or Muriel Clark at the North Platte/Lincoln County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1221 S. Dewey, Suite A, 308-532-4729, lburke@visitnorthplatte.com or mclark@visitnorthplatte.com.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 4/5/2013
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