How To Apply

APPLICATION PROCESS:

All applicants are required to submit the standard application form and required attachments by the posted deadline date(s).

DEADLINES:

All applications must be received or postmarked no later than the deadline date.  No exceptions will be made to this policy.  Applications sent via fax will not be accepted.

2019 Marketing Grant Application – Deadline for intent to apply: January 31, 2019

2019 CIP Guidelines Intent – Deadline for intent to apply: January 31, 2019

The Program

Administered by the Cass County Tourism Committee (an advisory group to the Cass county Board of Commissioners), the annual grant program is designed to promote tourism in the county by providing funding to tourism-related nonprofit organizations.  There are two categories of grants available:  Capital Improvement Projects & Marketing.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT GRANT

The purpose of this grant is to attract additional visitors to Cass County by providing funding to improve Cass County’s public and nonprofit attractions. The funds available through this grant are provided from the Visitors Improvement Fund lodging tax, and are for capital improvements to attractions and recreational facilities only. Granted monies shall be used for a new structure, preservation of an existing structure or new equipment built or installed to permanently add or enhance value and/or capacity to the site.

Eligibility & Criteria for Assistance:

  • Public organizations with nonprofit 501(c)3 or other non-profit designation. Proof of nonprofit status must accompany application. The project must expand, improve or add to an existing attraction or create a new attraction that is open to the public and is of educational, cultural, historical, artistic, and/or recreational significance.
  • The project must promote tourism and generate visibility for Cass County.
  • Project must be completed within 18 months of grant award date: Oct. 15, 2014. Request for extension will only be considered by written request to Cass County Tourism Committee prior to 18-month deadline.
  • Grant requires a 50% match with up to 25% total of in-kind receipted donated materials and documented in-kind/volunteer labor (valued at $10.00 per hour).
  • “Funded in part by Cass County Tourism” must appear permanently at the project site.
  • It is the sole responsibility of the Grantee to obtain all necessary local and state permits.
  • A report including updated project narrative and actual expenses must be submitted to the Cass County Tourism Committee no later than 60 days after project completion.
  • Grant payment will be made based upon documentation of actual expenditures.

MARKETING GRANT

The purpose of this grant is to attract additional visitors to Cass County by providing funding to promote events, activities and/or general marketing for Cass County’s public and nonprofit attractions. The funds available through this program are from the collection of Lodging Tax in Cass County.  The statute states that these funds are to be used to generally promote, encourage, and attract visitors to Cass County and to use tourism facilities.  It specifically states that these funds cannot be used for capital construction or improvements.  Each Grant request may not exceed 2,500.00.  All eligible marketing expenses must be documented and will be reimbursed at a rate of 75%, not to exceed the $2,500.00 maximum. Only one marketing grant may be submitted for each project.  Budget must accompany application. 

Eligibility & Criteria for Assistance:

  • Public organizations with nonprofit 501(c)3 or other non-profit designation. Proof of nonprofit status must accompany application.
  • Funds are available on a competitive basis to any visitor attraction, community event, or area (more than one community) event held within Cass County with 501(c) (3) or other nonprofit status whose primary purpose is to encourage tourism and promote Cass County.
  • Priority will be given to events that encourage visitors from outside our area.
  • Grant project must be completed within calendar year.

Marketing Grants Awarded

February 19, 2019 the following Grants were given final approved by the Cass County Commissioners for Visitor Promotion in Cass County.

American Legion Post 247 –  $1,273.19
Marketing – 2019 Events

Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation –  $2,186.38
Marketing – 2019 Events

B.U.I.L.D. (Businesses United In Louisville’s Development) –  $2,500.00
Advertising – Last Hot Sunday in July Car Show

Cass County Agricultural Society –  $2,500.00
Marketing – 2017 Cass County Fair

Eagle Vision –  $1,250.00
Marketing – Eagle Fun Days

Elmwood Public Library –  $503.00
Summer Fun Community Kickoff

Elmwood-Murdock Merchants Association –  $1,997.50
Marketing – Elmwood Holiday Extravaganza

Elmwood-Murdock Merchants Association –  $1,250.00
Marketing – Murdock July 4th Celebration

Friends of Lewis & Clark Bicentennial  –  $2,500.00
2017 Advertising –  Lewis & Clark County Brochures and Posters

Plattsmouth Harvest Festival –  $2,500.00
Advertising – 2019 Event

Lofte Community Theatre –  $2,500.00
Marketing – Season Flyers

Murray Freedom Festival –  $1,375.00
Marketing – July 4th Celebration.

Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries –  $2,500.00
Marketing – Summer Camps- Conference space promotions

Nebraska Story Arts –  $1,331.25
Marketing – Moonshell Storytelling Festival at Mahoney State Park National and regional storytellers will take part to preserve the art of storytelling

Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce –  $2,500.00
Marketing – 2019 Events

Plattsmouth Conservancy –  $1,o00.00
Marketing – 2019 Events

Plattsmouth Recreation Department –  $745.00
Marketing – Brochures outside of Cass County

Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum –  $2,500.00
National Space Day Celebration

Village of Manley –  $1,212.50
Pillage the Village Event

Weeping Water Chamber of Commerce –  $990.00
Marketing – Events Promotion

Weeping Water Valley Historical Society –  $562.50
Marketing – Rack Cards

TOTAL:                      $35,176.32

February 21, 2018 the following Grants were given final approved by the Cass County Commissioners for Visitor Promotion in Cass County.

American Legion Post 247 –  $1,488.75
Marketing – 2017 Events

Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation –  $1,577.30
Marketing – 2017 Events

B.U.I.L.D. (Businesses United In Louisville’s Development) –  $2,500.00
Advertising – Last Hot Sunday in July Car Show

Cass County Agricultural Society –  $2,500.00
Marketing – 2017 Cass County Fair

Eagle Vision –  $2,500.00
Marketing – Eagle Fun Days

Elmwood Public Library –  $487.50
Stories on the Street – Shakespeare Festival

Elmwood-Murdock Merchants Association –  $2,332.50
Marketing – Elmwood Holiday Extravaganza

Elmwood-Murdock Merchants Association –  $2,332.50
Marketing – Murdock July 4th Celebration

Friends of Lewis & Clark Bicentennial  –  $2,500.00
2017 Advertising –  Lewis & Clark County Brochures and Posters

Kass Kounty King Korn Klub –  $2,500.00
Advertising – 2017 Plattsmouth Harvest Festival

Lofte Community Theatre –  $2,500.00
Marketing – 2017 Newspaper Advertising

Murray Freedom Festival –  $1,350.00
Marketing – July 4th Celebration.

Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries –  $1,875.00
Marketing – Summer Camps- Conference space promotions

Nebraska Story Arts –  $1,500.00
Marketing – Moonshell Storytelling Festival at Mahoney State Park National and regional storytellers will take part to preserve the art of storytelling

Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce –  $2,500.00
Marketing – 2017 Plattsmouth Chamber Promotions…Cruzin Main, Amazing Race, Taste of Plattsmouth…

Plattsmouth Conservancy –  $1,500.00
Marketing – Events: Garden Party, Christmas Event, Victorian Tour

Plattsmouth Main Street –  $1,300.00
Marketing – 1st Annual Food Truck War/Street Dance

Plattsmouth VFW Post 2543 –  $1,500.00
Marketing – Events: Motorcycle and Auto Club events and entertainment

Plattsmouth Recreation Department –  $745.00
Marketing – Brochures outside of Cass County

Nebraska Game and Parks –  $1,318.10
Event Banners at Platte River State Park – Louisville

Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museam –  $2,500.00
Nebraska ‘Highway 66’ Concourse Classic Auto Show

Scenic Weeping Water Valley Association –  $1,875.00
Marketing – Event Marketing/General Advertising

Village of Avoca –  $1,872.50
Village website and newsletter creation

Village of Nehawka –  $1,872.50
Village website and newsletter creation

Village of Manley –  $750.00
Pillage the Village Event

Weeping Water Chamber of Commerce –  $2,500.00
Marketing – Event Advertising and Rack Cards

Women in the Outdoors – Omaha Chapter –  $704.25
Annual Women’s Outdoor Skills Workshop at Platte River State Park This program was started in 1998 to introduce women to the outdoors and our nations hunting and conservation traditions.

TOTAL:                      $48,880.90

February 21, 2017 the following Grants were given final approved by the Cass County Commissioners for Visitor Promotion in Cass County.

American Legion Post 247 –  $1,488.75
Marketing – 2017 Events

Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation –  $1,577.30
Marketing – 2017 Events

B.U.I.L.D. (Businesses United In Louisville’s Development) –  $2,500.00
Advertising – Last Hot Sunday in July Car Show

Cass County Agricultural Society –  $2,500.00
Marketing – 2017 Cass County Fair

Eagle Vision –  $2,500.00
Marketing – Eagle Fun Days

Elmwood Public Library –  $487.50
Stories on the Street – Shakespeare Festival

Elmwood-Murdock Merchants Association –  $2,332.50
Marketing – Elmwood Holiday Extravaganza

Elmwood-Murdock Merchants Association –  $2,332.50
Marketing – Murdock July 4th Celebration

Friends of Lewis & Clark Bicentennial  –  $2,500.00
2017 Advertising –  Lewis & Clark County Brochures and Posters

Kass Kounty King Korn Klub –  $2,500.00
Advertising – 2017 Plattsmouth Harvest Festival

Lofte Community Theatre –  $2,500.00
Marketing – 2017 Newspaper Advertising

Murray Freedom Festival –  $1,350.00
Marketing – July 4th Celebration.

Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries –  $1,875.00
Marketing – Summer Camps- Conference space promotions

Nebraska Story Arts –  $1,500.00
Marketing – Moonshell Storytelling Festival at Mahoney State Park National and regional storytellers will take part to preserve the art of storytelling

Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce –  $2,500.00
Marketing – 2017 Plattsmouth Chamber Promotions…Cruzin Main, Amazing Race, Taste of Plattsmouth…

Plattsmouth Conservancy –  $1,500.00
Marketing – Events: Garden Party, Christmas Event, Victorian Tour

Plattsmouth Main Street –  $1,300.00
Marketing – 1st Annual Food Truck War/Street Dance

Plattsmouth VFW Post 2543 –  $1,500.00
Marketing – Events: Motorcycle and Auto Club events and entertainment

Plattsmouth Recreation Department –  $745.00
Marketing – Brochures outside of Cass County

Nebraska Game and Parks –  $1,318.10
Event Banners at Platte River State Park – Louisville

Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museam –  $2,500.00
Nebraska ‘Highway 66’ Concourse Classic Auto Show

Scenic Weeping Water Valley Association –  $1,875.00
Marketing – Event Marketing/General Advertising

Village of Avoca –  $1,872.50
Village website and newsletter creation

Village of Nehawka –  $1,872.50
Village website and newsletter creation

Village of Manley –  $750.00
Pillage the Village Event

Weeping Water Chamber of Commerce –  $2,500.00
Marketing – Event Advertising and Rack Cards

Women in the Outdoors – Omaha Chapter –  $704.25
Annual Women’s Outdoor Skills Workshop at Platte River State Park This program was started in 1998 to introduce women to the outdoors and our nations hunting and conservation traditions.

TOTAL:                      $48,880.90

Cass County Commissioners Approved Marketing Grants
February 23, 2016

American Legion Post 247 –  $1,589.81
Marketing – 2016 Events and Brochure
Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Annual Ice Cream Social in Aug.

B.U.I.L.D. (Businesses United In Louisville’s Development) –    $2,500.00
Advertising – Last Hot Sunday in July Car Show – July 31st

Cass County Agricultural Society –  $2,500.00
Marketing – 2016 Cass County Fair – Aug. 9-13th

Eagle Vision –  $2,500.00
Marketing – 2016 Eagle Days – June 25th

Elmwood-Murdock Merchants Association –  $2,332.50
Marketing – Elmwood Holiday Extravaganza – Nov. 26th

Elmwood-Murdock Merchants Association  –  $2,332.50
Marketing – Murdock July 4th Celebration

Friends of Lewis & Clark Bicentennial –  $2,000.00
2016 Advertising – Welcome to Lewis & Clark County Brochures and Posters

Kass Kounty King Korn Klub –  $2,500.00
Advertising – 2016 Plattsmouth Harvest Festival

Lofte Community Theatre –  $2,500.00
Marketing – 2016 Newspaper Advertising

Murray Freedom Festival –  $1,500.00
Marketing – July 4th Celebration

Nebraska Story Arts –  $1,200.00
Marketing – Moonshell Storytelling Festival at Mahoney State Park – Sept. 10
National and regional storytellers will take part to preserve the art of storytelling.

Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries  –  $2,500.00
Marketing – Summer Camps- Conference space promotions

Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce –  $2,500.00
Marketing – 2016 Plattsmouth Chamber Promotions
Taste of Plattsmouth July 31, Cruzin Main Sept. 10, Round up at Roundabout Oct. 7
Harvest Festival 5K Run Oct. 29th

Plattsmouth Conservancy –  $1,725.00
Marketing – Events: Garden Party, Christmas Event, Victorian Tour

Plattsmouth Recreation Department  –    $745.00
Marketing – Brochures outside of Cass County

Scenic Weeping Water Valley Association –  $2,500.00
Marketing – Event Marketing/General Advertising
Get Spooked in the Valley Oct 1 – Nov 1

Village of Manley –  $750.00
Marketing – 2016 Pillage the Village – Kickball Tournament Aug. 20

Weeping Water Chamber –  $1,237.50
Marketing – Event Marketing
Easter Egg Hunt 3/16, Limestone Days 6/25, Fall Festival 9/24, Come Home for Christmas 12/3

Weeping Water Valley Historical Society –  $750.00
Marketing – Event Advertising and Rack Cards

Women in the Outdoors – Omaha Chapter –  $741.75
Marketing – 17th Annual Women’s Outdoor Skills Workshop at Platte River State Park – Aug. 19th
This program was started in 1998 to introduce women to the outdoors and our nations hunting and conservation traditions.

TOTAL AMOUNT AWARDED:                      $36,904.06 

Cass County Visitors Committee 2015 Marketing Grant Awarded

American Legion Post 247 –   $2,148.75   
Marketing – 2015 Events 

B.U.I.L.D. (Businesses United In Louisville’s Development7 –  $2,500.00
Advertising – Last Hot Sunday in July Car Show

Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation7 –  $1,185.00
Marketing – Event Marketing

Cass County Agricultural Society 7 –  $2,500.00
Marketing – 2015 Cass County Fair

Elmwood-Murdock Merchants Association 7 –  $2,313.75
Elmwood Event Marketing

Elmwood-Murdock Merchants Association7 –  $2,313.75
Murdock Event Marketing

Friends of Lewis & Clark Bicentennial7 –   $2,000.00
2015 Advertising – Welcome to Lewis & Clark County Brochure

Kass Kounty King Korn Klub7 –   $2,500.00
Advertising – 2015 Plattsmouth Harvest Festival

Lofte Community Theatre7 –  $2,500.00
Marketing – 2015 Newspaper Advertising

Nebraska Story Arts 7 –  $1,800.00
Marketing – Moonshell Storytelling Festival

Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries7 –   $2,500.00
Marketing – Summer Camps- Conference space promotions

Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce 7 –  $2,500.00
Marketing – 2015 Plattsmouth Chamber Promotions

Plattsmouth Conservancy7 –  $2,475.00
Marketing – Event Marketing

Scenic Weeping Water Valley Association7 –  $2,343.75
Marketing – Event Marketing

Weeping Water Chamber of Commerce7 –   $900.00
Marketing – Event Marketing

Women in the Outdoors – Omaha Chapter 7 –  $1,210.50     
Marketing – 16th Annual Women’s Outdoor Skills Workshop at Mahoney

TOTAL:                        $33,690.50     

Capital Improvement Grants Awarded

Cass County Commissioners Approve 2018 Capital Improvement Grants

American Legion Post – $4,280
Replace/Repair Roof on Museum

Louisville State Recreation Area – $10,000
Front Entrance Sign

Mahoney State Park – $10,000
Group Campfire Area

Platte River State Park – $8,000
Mountain Bike Trail Kiosk

Plattsmouth VFW – $4,813
Entrance Awnings

SAC and Aerospace Museum – $8,600
Space Suites Exhibits and Displays

Village of Cedar Creek – $5,122.50
Baseball Field and Park Lighting

Village of Manley – $7,500
Manley Park Picnic Shelter

TOTAL: $58,315.50

Cass County Commissioners Approve 2018 Capital Improvement Grants

Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation – Elmwood – $4,875
Garden venue  and Rental Opportunities

Cass County Historical Society – $6,000
Shelter for Lewis and Clark Pirogue Replica (boat)

Omaha Zoo Foundation – $12,500
Bison Plains Overlook deck

Platte River State Park – $989
Park Activity Display Kiosk

Village of Elmwood – $20,000
Elmwood Park Gazebo

Village of Greenwood – $10,000
Greenwood Park Gazebo

TOTAL:  $54,364.00

Cass County Commissioners Approve 2017 Capital Improvement Grants
April 18, 2017

Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation – Elmwood – $7,000
Garden venue project

The Lofte Community Theatre – Manley – $4,748
Theatre spotlights

Louisville Ball Parents Association – $7,500
Ballpark complex project – benches and backstops

Mahoney State Park – $10,000
Front entrance revitalization and programmable sign

Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries – $10,750
Camping pavilion/shelter project

Plattsmouth VFW – $2,500
Facade and interior improvement project

Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum – $7,500
New display case for Clayton Aderson’s Spacesuite

TOTAL:  $49,998

Cass County Commissioners Approve 2016 Capital Improvement Grants
April 19, 2016

Alvo Volunteer Fire Department – $11,250 
LED Welcome Sign

Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation – Elmwood – $4,250
Replace front steps and porch for visitor entrance and safety

Cass County Historical Society – $8,450
Repair and Restoration of the historic attraction Joseph and Mary Cook  Log Cabin at 3rd and Main – Plattsmouth

City of Plattsmouth  – $25,000
Plattsmouth Gateways and Wayfinding Signage

Eagle Vision – $15,000
Eagle Monument / Welcome Sign

The Lofte Community Theatre – Manley – $3,769
Replace and repair front entry for visitor safety and aesthetics

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission – $40,500
Jenny Newman Lake enhancements at Platte River State Park.  Educational project and angler improvements that include trails and  structures. Part of “Venture Park” Project

Plattsmouth Main Street Association – $5,000
Bourmont 1714 Historical Marker commemorating the first Europeans to reach Nebraska and the Platte River – Main & Schilling Road

Lee G. Simmons Conservation & Wildlife Park – $25,000
Prairie Dog Town- Educational structure for visitors on the importance of the black-tailed prairie dogs to the Nebraska Plains eco-system.

Union United – $14,198
Upgrade village ballfield lights and scoreboard for longevity of tournament and visitor participation activities

Village of Manley – $5,262
Village Community Signage and Parking Lot Pavement project

YMCA Camp Kitaki – $40,000
Earth Shelter Trip Outpost, expanding 26 bed program focusing education on ancient, modern and eco-friendly building techniques while engaging  the imagination of earth type dwellings.

TOTAL:  $197,679

Cass County Visitors Committee

2015 Capital Improvement Grant Awarded

April 20, 2015

Avoca Volunteer Fire Department – $2,500.00 
Annual Quack Off improments – Sound system, race lanes, duck pens

Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation – $2,500.00
Replace front steps and porch

American Legion Post 247 – $1,800.00
Storage shed for G.A.R. Museum

Lofte Community Theatre –  $9,673.53
New sound system

Lee G. Simmons Conservation & Wildlife Park – $50,000.00
Pave parking at Trailhead for new attractions

Murdock Historical Society – $6,000.00
Historical Mural

Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries –  $25,000.00
Crystal Springs Lake Improvement of trails and docking

Village of Greenwood –  $40,000.00
Public Park Playground

TOTAL:                        $137,473.53