Thursday, February 11, 2016

Saline County Visitors Committee Announces 2016 Grant Process

Attention Dorchester area groups who are planning activities or attractions that could draw tourists to Saline County: Two separate grant applications are now available for Saline County organizations involved in tourism.  One fund offers monies to promote 2016 events, and the other fund is to be used to improve and enhance tourism sites. 

Interested organizations and groups may pick up both applications at the County Clerk’s Office, Saline County Courthouse, or at the Crete News office.

Completed applications must be submitted to the committee c/o Saline County Clerk, P.O. Box 865, 215 South Court St., Wilber, 68465 by 4 p.m. Friday, March 18.  Recipients will be notified of their grant awards in April; monies will not be distributed until paid receipts are submitted to the committee.  Funding is generated by the Saline County lodging tax.

The Saline County Visitors Advisory Committee, a group of seven representatives from area -- Lorine Mares and Sheryl Kastanek, Wilber, Jim Rischling, Western, and Teri Shestak, Janet Jeffries Beauvais, Deb Polacek, and Inish Amrutlal of Crete.  

The group is appointed by, and reports to, the Saline County Commissioners.  Saline County lodging tax revenue has been used in the past to promote the Western Old Settlers Picnic, the annual Czech Festival in Wilber, Saving Sokol Halloween Festival and Haunted House, county-wide garage sale events, and a variety of holiday festivals, street dances, and other activities.  

For more information about the two funds, the grant process, and/or the duties of the Saline County Visitors Advisory Committee, call chairperson Lorine Mares at (402) 821- 2304.

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