Nebraska awards $500,000 to the Omaha Equestrian Foundation for international competition

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Omaha Equestrian Foundation received a $500,000 grant from the state as part of a sponsorship program for international competition.

The funds came from the American Rescue Plan Act to help communities with COVID-19 recovery efforts.

One of the programs that the Nebraska Legislature created with the federal money is the Nebraska International Competition Sponsorship Program.

The funding will be used to host an international competition in Nebraska to fuel the state’s economy.

The Omaha Equestrian Foundation is the sole recipient of the 2022 award.  The foundation has an international competition scheduled for April 2023 in Omaha.

We’re delighted and grateful for the funding support from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, the City of Omaha, Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau and Douglas County Commissioners,” Lisa Y. Roskens, founder of the foundation said. “This event places Omaha on a global stage, bolsters our local economy and provides a unique cultural experience.”

An expected 36,400 people will travel from out of state and spend money at local establishments for about four days.

The Legislature also authorized COVID-19 relief funding for agricultural societies with facilities in cities with 100,000 to 400,000 residents.

The state awarded the Lancaster County Agricultural Society $5 million on Thursday to help with COVID-19 recovery efforts.

Go online for more information on other economic recovery programs in Nebraska.

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