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Tourism Grant Awardees Announced: Boosting Local Tourism Initiatives to Drive Economic Growth and Visitor Engagement

Nov 13, 2023

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TOPEKA – Kansas Tourism today announced it will distribute $500,000 in Attraction Development Grants. The fall 2023 funding will be split amongst 14 communities across the state for tourism attractions that either are being developed new or having enhancements made to existing sites.

The Tourism Attraction Development Grant Program supports travel experiences that positively influence where individuals choose to visit, resulting in further economic impact through capital investment, job creation, revenue and increased visitation.

“Attraction Development Grants are a powerful investment in the economic growth and cultural richness of our state,” Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland said, “These funds further help to foster a deep appreciation for our diverse landscapes, heritage and the countless experiences that make Kansas a must-visit destination.”

In total, these grant recipients will invest more than $2,316,112 toward the approved projects.

“These grants play a pivotal role in enhancing our tourism attractions, allowing us to invest in innovative experiences that captivate visitors and strengthen our economy,” Kansas Tourism Director Bridgette Jobe said. “They empower us to continually evolve and offer unique, memorable adventures that draw travelers from far and wide.”

To view the list of approved projects, click here.

The next round of Attraction Development Grants opens February 1, 2024.  For more information, please click here or contact Kansas Tourism Grant Program Manager Carrie Doud at [email protected]. Funding for Kansas Tourism grants is provided by the Economic Development Initiatives Fund (EDIF) that is derived from state lottery proceeds.

For a full list of grants provided through the Kansas Department of Commerce, visit the Grants Calendar page here.