$23 Million available to local attractions and business districts that will drive tourism

Funding is made available by the American Rescue Plan

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – City of Lincoln, and Lancaster County officials announce the availability of $23 million in assistance for local attractions and business districts impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The leisure and hospitality industry nationwide experienced a revenue decline of about 24% due to the pandemic,” said Lincoln Mayor, Leirion Gaylor Baird. “These federal funds provide us with opportunities to support attractions and areas that were hard hit or delayed by the pandemic but are now poised to make our city even more vibrant and enjoyable for our residents and for visitors.”

Funding is made available by the American Rescue Plan State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds and will be distributed in two ways:

  • The County Visitors Promotion Advisory Committee will distribute about $6 million to events and attractions that will draw people to Lincoln. The Committee advises the County Board in administering the proceeds of the County lodging taxes.
  • The City and County will then distribute up to $17 million through a competitive grant program.

For more information visit lincoln.ne.gov/ARP.  Applications are being accepted from nonprofits, such as foundations, sports associations, and arts and cultural organizations, as well as business districts recognized by the City of Lincoln.

A committee of City and County officials and members of related boards and commissions will review the proposals. Proposals will be assessed on criteria including economic impact, connection to existing City and County planning, and ability to demonstrate a negative impact or delay due to the pandemic. Priority will be given to projects in low-income areas of the city that were hardest hit by the pandemic.  Funds may also be set aside for publicly owned projects.

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