City Accepting Heritage Tourism Grant ApplicationsTOPEKA, Kan. – The City of Topeka just approved new grant application guidelines for two Heritage Tourism programs to enhance the promotion of historic preservation and tourism. City officials are encouraging owners of properties listed on national, state, or local historic registers to apply.
Heritage Tourism Improvement Grants may be used for interior or exterior building improvements to historic properties that are projected to contribute to Topeka’s tourism industry. Heritage Tourism Planning and Marketing Grants are intended to provide matching funds to applicants to secure other sources of funding for the purpose of planning and marketing a particular historical resource.
Both of these programs are funded through a portion of the City’s Transient Guest Tax, and are intended to be used to support historic preservation projects that also support Topeka’s wider heritage tourism goals. Heritage tourism is the general conduct of activities that attract and accommodate visitors to a site or area that is recognized for its historical significance based on unique or special events, or other aspects in its past. Examples of past recipients of this funding source include Constitution Hall, Charles Curtis, Jr. House, and Topeka Council of Colored Women’s Club.
Below you’ll find the link to the application materials for both the Heritage Tourism Improvement Grants and the Heritage Tourism Planning & Marketing Grants.
The deadline for application is March 21, 2014, with the awards being announced the week of April 7, 2014. Eligibility requirements are contained within the guidelines of each grant application.
For more information on the grant application process, or to download the applications, visit http://www.topeka.org/Planning/HeritageTourismGrants.shtml.