After a halt in 2020 due to Covid-19, the North Platte / Lincoln County Visitors Bureau will open the cycle for 2021 Improvement Fund grant applications.

The process begins with intent to apply letters, which are due on July 1, the visitor’s bureau announced Wednesday.

These letters must state an estimate of the amount to be requested, the total project cost, a brief description of the proposed project and organizations involved in the project.

Organizations that do not submit an intent to apply letter will not be eligible to apply 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 letter, the visitor’s bureau staff will schedule a meeting with potential applicants to discuss the project and determine if it is eligible for funding under the Nebraska Visitors Development Act.

For projects that receive approval to submit a full application, the application will be due on Sept. 30.

For more information, contact Lisa Burke at the North Platte/Lincoln County Visitors Bureau at 101 Halligan Drive, 308.532.4729, lburke@visitnorthplatte.com.

Since its inception in 2006, the Improvement Fund has awarded nearly $2 million to Lincoln County organizations for brick-and-mortar improvements and to expand local attractions and visitor services. The process is governed by the Nebraska Visitors Development Act, Neb. Rev. Stat. §81-3701 through 81-3724, et seq.