Grants Awarded to Help Boost Tourism
Project funded by Lottery dollars.
The Tourism Division of the Kansas Department of
Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is a recipient of funding from the
Economic Development Initiatives Fund (EDIF), which is derived from
Kansas Lottery proceeds.
Date:Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Contact:Sally Lunsford, 785-296-5708 or firstname.lastname@example.org
TOPEKA, KAN. - The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and
Tourism (KDWPT) recently awarded Attraction Development Grants to
six Kansas organizations. The funds, totaling more than $83,000,
will provide assistance to help these organizations with their
tourism attraction efforts. Funding for the KDWPT's Attraction
Development Grant Program comes from the Economic Development
Initiatives Fund, which is derived from Kansas Lottery
Here are the Attraction Development Grant recipients, a brief
description of the purpose of the grants and the matching funds for
Rolling Hills Zoo Salina - receiving
$20,000 to help market "REPTILES: The Beautiful and the Deadly"
traveling exhibit. The Zoo will leverage $126,700 cash and in-kind
contributions toward the project cost.
Sand Creek Station Golf Course, Newton -
receiving $20,000 to assist with construction of a PGA Standard
Scoreboard in advance of the 2014 USGA Amateur Public Links
National Championship. The golf course will leverage $171,900 cash
and in-kind contributions toward the cost of the project.
Kansas Celebrity Hall of Fame, Independence -
receiving $15,000 to assist with construction of ADA-compliant
restroom facilities and a welcome center. The Hall of Fame will
leverage $26,100 cash and in-kind contributions toward the project
Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau,
Lawrence - receiving $15,000 to help create a logo and
documentary marketing Lawrence as the "Cradle of Basketball." The
convention and visitors bureau will leverage $314,590 cash and
in-kind contributions toward the cost of the project.
Oakley Area Tourism, Oakley - receiving $4,320
toward construction of an electronic kiosk at the Oakley Travel
Information Center. Oakley Area Tourism will leverage $6,481 in
cash contributions toward the project cost.
Hutchinson Convention and Visitors Bureau,
Hutchinson - receiving $9,200 to assist with costs
associated with installation of a driving range net at Prairie
Dunes Country Club in advance of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's
Golf Championship. The convention and visitors bureau will leverage
$13,800 in cash contributions toward the project.
The Attraction Development Grant Program assists in developing
and marketing authentic experiences that encourage travelers to
visit Kansas. Grants may be used for various activities to expand
the tourism product base or develop new attractions.
For more information on Attraction Development Grants, contact
Peter Szabo, Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, at 785-296-8951 or