NOTICE: The Dawes County Travel Board has suspended taking Improvement grant applications until the January 2021 date due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the lodging industry. The board also respectfully asks organizations applying for Promotion grants to keep those impacts in mind when making requests for grant dollars. 

Dawes County Grants


Please read the current grant guidelines before filling out any application. Please only use the current version of the application forms listed below (Revised 2018). Any prior versions will not be accepted.

For any questions, please contact Discover Northwest Nebraska Director Kerri Rempp.
Email: | Phone: 308-432-3006



Grant Guidelines – Revised 2020


Improvement Grant Application – Revised 2018

Improvement Grant Report – Revised 2018



Promotion Grant Application – Revised 2018

Promotion Grant Report – Revised 2018


Past Improvement Grant Projects: 

  • Dawes County Museum – Marcus Cain Building, Erixson/Larsen Exhibit Building
  • Chadron State Park – 18 Hole Disc Golf Course 
  • City of Crawford – Crawford Park Complex
  • Chadron Chamber of Commerce – Visitors Center Lobby Renovation 
  • Crawford Chamber of Commerce – Downtown Beautification (Seasonal Banners) 
  • City of Chadron – Chadron Aquatics Center
  • Post Playhouse – Projection System, Second venue renovations
  • Crawford Chamber of Commerce – Crawford Information Booth Renovation
  • Chadron Community Foundation/Chadron Sharks – Starting blocks at the Chadron Area Aquatic and Wellness Center
  • Chadron Community Foundation/Downtown Plaza – Plaza space improvements
  • Northwest Nebraska Trails Association – Cowboy Trail engineering study and improvements

Past Promotion Grants: 

  • Crawford Legend Buttes Rumble 
  • Post Playhouse 
  • Old West Trails Rodeo 
  • Fur Trade Days 
  • Peabody Hale Fiddle Contest 
  • Ride the Ridge 
  • Crawford 4th of July Celebration 
  • Crawford Eclipse 
  • Crawford Senior Pro Rodeo 
  • Crawford Cattle Call 
  • Dawes County Fair 
  • Pine Ridge Wild Turkey Hunt 
  • Pilster Lecture and Sandoz Conference 
  • Native American Film Festival
  • Crawford Mud Racing 
  • Chadron Chamber Harvest Fest 
  • Chadron Festival of Quilts 
  • Twisted Crawdad Trails Race 
  • Chadron Hoop Shoot 
  • Nebraska State Fly In (Chadron)
  • 13U Regional Baseball Tournament 
  • Bands on Bordeaux
  • White River Wacipi 
  • Run for the Hills & Pedal Grinder 
  • Chadron Classics in the Park 
  • Western Wildlife Art Show