CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Commission on Tourism (NCOT) has awarded 68 grants totaling more than $365,000 to help rural communities promote attractions that draw visitors and generate revenue for local economies.
“While the tourist attractions in our larger cities are certainly well known, our rural communities have many special treasures awaiting the visitors who travel across our state,” Lt. Gov. Brian K. Krolicki, NCOT chair, said. “The Rural Grant Program gives us a unique opportunity to showcase our rural attractions and NCOT is proud to play a part in that.”
NCOT awards grants twice a year to public entities such as visitor authorities, cities and chambers of commerce, and each grant must be matched in value with local funds or labor.
Examples of grants include:
“Grant recipients must match the funds either monetarily or in kind, and that guarantees an excellent commitment by the recipients to make the most of the money they receive,” NCOT Director Dann Lewis said. “We have a very dedicated network of tourism partners throughout the state, and they often donate their own time and money to improve the visitors’ experiences in their communities. The Rural Grants Program helps alleviate some of the burden, and in many cases, enables essential events and programs to continue.”
Requests for grants are meticulously reviewed by NCOT staff and an advisory board before being approved by the commission. This round of grants was approved at the December commission meeting. For more information on NCOT and the grant program, visit http://www.travelnevada.biz/.