About the Dawes County Improvement Fund

The Dawes County Visitors Committee, also known as the Travel Board, has the duty of advising the Dawes County Commission on the use of two separate funds, the Visitors Promotion Fund and the Visitors Improvement Fund. The proceeds of a sales tax on motel/hotel/campground lodging in Dawes County provide the money for both funds, which are authorized under the Nebraska Visitors Development Act.

Dawes County began collecting money for the Visitors Improvement Fund on July 1, 2014. Under Nebraska law, the fund is to be used generally to promote and attract visitors to come to the county and use the travel and tourism facilities located here. The fund can be used to improve visitor attractions and facilities, by making grants to expand and improve existing facilities, acquire or expand exhibits for existing attractions, construct visitor attractions, or for planning or developing expansions, improvements or construction.

The grants are available for any attraction in the county owned by the public or any non-profit organization which has a primary purpose of operating the attraction. Visitor attractions must be in a defined location, open to the public, and of educational, cultural, historical, artistic or recreational significance, or provide entertainment, or have exhibits, displays or performances of educational, cultural, historic artistic or entertainment value.

All grants awarded by the Dawes County Travel Board are subject to final approval by the Dawes County Board of Commissioners.

Grant applications will be reviewed twice per year. Submit completed applications to:

Dawes County Travel Board
PO Box 746
Chadron, NE 69337

Submissions by email: justin.haag@nebraska.gov

Click here to download the Dawes Improvement Fund Application.