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Colorado Rural Academy For Tourism (CRAFT)


 

Founded in 2018 by the Colorado Tourism Office, the Colorado Rural Academy for Tourism (CRAFT) empowers rural destination partners with training and implementation funding for local economic development strategies that promote tourism assets, strengthen alignment around tourism development goals, and uncover new opportunities for economic growth through tourism. Implementation funding grants are available after all successfully completed CRAFT opportunities to help our rural destination partners put into action key priorities determined throughout the course of their work.

CRAFT opportunities include:

CRAFT Studio 101
Designed to support early-stage tourism destinations by providing broad, comprehensive tourism education and training for rural communities or regions on how to build tourism into an economic development strategy. Implementation funding available after successful program completion - $10,000

CRAFT Studio 201
As a part of OEDIT's Rural Technical Assistance Program for Tourism Promotion and Development, CRAFT Studio 201 provides customized support for communities or regions wishing to advance a specific tourism-related goal or strategy. Implementation funding available after succesful program completion- $7,500 

CRAFT Workshops
Intensive training and work for communities or regions wishing to advance a tourism-related strategy relating to specific industry segments. Workshops will be offered for Marketing & Social Media, Culinary & Agritourism, Heritage and Cultural Tourism, Outdoor Adventure Tourism, Cycling Tourism and Sustainable Tourism. Implementation funding available after successful program completion - $2,500

CRAFT Mentor (previously CHAMP)
Provides up to 50 hours of mentoring for organizations or tourism-related businesses wishing to advance a specific tourism-related goal or strategy. Implementation funding available after successful project completion - $1,000

Craft Opportunities Application Timeline (Click to Enlarge)

 

 

 


Questions?
Please contact Jill Corbin, CTO Director of Destination Development, [email protected]; Elizabeth O'Rear, CTO Senior Manager of Grant Programs, [email protected]; or Katie Payer, CRAFT Contractor & Coordinator, [email protected]