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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:

Call for Letters of Intent (LOI) for CRAFT Crisis Recovery Programming

This fiscal year (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021), the primary goal of the CTO is to support the Colorado tourism industry’s recovery from COVID-19 containment. We will customize the delivery of our destination-focused CRAFT programming to assist communities in restarting their economies. As such, we are inviting destinations to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to apply for CRAFT programming. 

LOI Submission Timeline:

LOI Opens - July 6, 2020

LOI Closes - July 22, 2020 at 4:00pm MST

APPLY 

View the FY21 CRAFT Programming LOI Webinar Slides

Watch the FY21 CRAFT Programming LOI Webinar

Instructions for navigating the OEDIT online grant portal are found here.

 

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
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


Questions?
Please contact Andrew Grossmann, 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]