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Cheyenne County Commissioners review Visitor Committee grants

SIDNEY, Neb. - The Cheyenne County Commissioners and Tourism Director Heather Hausmann discussed the guidelines for applying for Visitor Committee grants Monday morning. The two grants available that anyone in Cheyenne County can apply for are the promotion grant and the county improvement grant.

Hausmann said that a promotion grant could be used for advertising for events or entertainment, and the application is recommended to be submitted 60 days prior to the event. County improvement grants are for brick and mortar projects that are more permanent and are typically a larger amount.

In order to receive an improvement grant, the organization applying for the grant will have to be approved by the visitors committee which will review the grant applications in March or October every year, then given to the commissioners for final approval.

Along with grants, Hausmann said that that the tourism department is there to help promote the events both locally and regionally, and to help coach the events in the prior planning stages.

After the grant is used a post project summary will be required to show how the money was spent.

Hausmann said that adjustments are being made for the economic changes in the community, “We are in a position where we can promote Cheyenne County for all that it is, unfortunately over the last five plus years Cabela’s has not been that destination point, this is not a negative but a lot of people that come into the visitors center aren’t aware of Cabela’s, for us this means people are coming to the area for all kinds of reasons and our job is to find and to promote them.”

At the conclusion of the discussion, Commissioner Phillip Sanders apologized to Hausmann, “after what happened a couple weeks ago we owe you an apology, I think the whole community does because you were picked on and it shouldn’t have happened. I appreciate that the the Sidney paper set the record straight. You were never under fire and should not be under fire. I work with you on a monthly basis and you do a fantastic job.”

The Visitors Committee will also be applying for a $25,000 grant from Nebraska Tourism.

 

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