Rural Tourism Grants

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Rural Tourism Grants
The great outdoors need tourism funds as well. (mountains image by martini from

Though some travellers prefer the hustle and bustle of the big city, others enjoy the slower pace, small town attractions and natural beauty that rural areas offer. Rural communities can give tourists a taste for local colour and regional resources. However, with fewer resources than larger metropolitan regions, rural areas often need the financial stimulus that grants can provide. Both government and private entities offer grants to aid rural tourism.

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Nevada Commission on Tourism

Though Nevada is known for the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip and Reno, it is also a beacon of rural and natural beauty. The Nevada Commission on Tourism (NCOT) hosts a Marketing Grant Program, which provides financial assistance to rural regions of Nevada. The grant focuses on marketing for the rural communities to encourage tourists to come from all around for overnight visits and vacations. Grants are awarded twice a year. The amount given varies, but the NCOT usually requires that the recipient matches the award.

Rural Tourism Development Grant Program

The Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) manages the Rural Tourism Development Grant Program (RTDGP). The purpose of the RTDGP is to give Arizona rural areas funding to spur tourism. The award focuses on encouraging regional rural economies through increased tourism. The grant depends on the Office of Tourism for funding, and the amount can vary depending on the financial year. For example, the AOT gave out approximately £325,000 in RTDGP funds in 2006, but only about £300,300 in 2009.

North Carolina Tourism Matching Funds Grant Program

The North Carolina Tourism Matching Funds Grant Program gives financial aid to promote tourism in rural North Carolina communities. The goal is to encourage economic development in rural regions by providing assistance to organisations and businesses that foster regional tourism. The grant focuses specifically on marketing areas as tourist attractions and destinations. The program requires the award recipient to match whatever funds the grant provides, so the funding amount can vary.

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