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CRAFT Mentor

CRAFT Mentor provides up to 50 free hours of mentoring for organizations or businesses wishing to advance a specific tourism-related goal or strategy.

CRAFT Mentor exists to stimulate the development of high-quality cultural, heritage, agricultural and outdoor adventure tourism experiences for travelers in Colorado. Guidelines >>

Duration: 50-hour timeframe determined by participant and mentor

Recommended for: Organizations, nonprofits, tourism-related businesses

Contact Katie Payer at [email protected] if you are interested in applying.


Cultural & Heritage Case Studies:

SLVMA Case Study >>
Crestone Case Study >>
Montrose Historical Case Study >>
History Connections of Pueblo >> 
Rio Blanco County Historical Society >>

Culinary & Agritourism Case Studies

Horse & Hen Case Study >>
Loveland Farmers’ Market >>
Berry Patch Farms >>
Mancos Project >>

Want to Be a Mentor?

Are you a subject expert with practical experience in a particular aspect of cultural, heritage, agricultural and outdoor adventure tourism?

Peer Mentor Application Information >>
Fill Out Our Application >>


Contact Kara Penn or Katie Payer for both mentor and project questions or assistance.

CRAFT Mentor Implementation Grants

After successful completion of CRAFT Mentor, participants are eligible to apply for funding to implement a key priority determined during the program. The grant awards up to $1,000.  Full Guidelines and Details >>

  • Implementation request must be aligned with and support tourism outcomes or next steps identified during CRAFT Mentor project.
  • Applications due within 90 days after completion of CRAFT Mentor Project.
  • Projects must be completed within a 6-month timeframe.

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Additional Funding Support >>


Please contact Jill Corbin, CTO Director of Destination Development, [email protected]
Katie Payer, CRAFT Contractor, [email protected]