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Natrona County Travel and Tourism Council Awards $164,000 in Grants

The gazebo at Conwell Park in Casper, Wyo. on May 18, 2021.
The gazebo at Conwell Park in Casper, Wyo. on May 18, 2021.(David Graf)
Updated: May. 26, 2021 at 2:50 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (PRESS RELEASE) - During fiscal year 2020/2021, the Natrona County Travel and Tourism Council (doing business as Visit Casper) awarded $164,000 in grants to support events that bring overnight visitors to Casper.

“Last year was tough for many, including the travel and tourism industry,” said Brook Kaufman, CEO of Visit Casper. “And while our budgets were tightened as a result, we know that supporting events will help our tourism economy recover, which is important to our community.”

Grant funds were awarded to several organizations, with recipients including:

Special Olympics Fall Tournament: $2,000

Wyoming Coaches Association: $3,500

Proud to Host the Best: $30,000

Downtown Casper Business Association: $1,000

East Casper Volleyball Club: $2,000

Casper Soccer Club: $5,500

Downtown Development Authority: $28,000

Casper Amateur Hockey Club: $500

Oil Capitol Auto Club: $500

Casper Recreational Leagues Association: $6,500

College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR): $35,000

Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo: $30,000

Wyoming Amateur Wrestling Association: $12,000

Amusement Music Operators of Wyoming: $7,500

“As the destination management organization for Natrona County, it’s our job to help generate more visitor overnight stays throughout our county,” said Kaufman. “These events give us the opportunity to help attract more visitors, welcome out-of-area travelers and introduce them to our incredible destination, all while showing them everything Casper has to offer.”

Grant criteria include the number of room nights generated in Natrona County lodging facilities, time of year for the event, impact and retention. Applications are reviewed by the Grant Review Committee and then presented to the full Visit Casper Board for final approval. Completed grant applications are accepted twice each year: by October 15 and April 15.

For more information about Visit Casper’s programs and grants, visit www.visitcasper.com/industry/grants.

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