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Colorado Rural Academy For Tourism (CRAFT)

 

The Colorado Tourism Office developed the Colorado Rural Academy For Tourism (CRAFT) to support communities across Colorado integrate tourism into their economic development strategies and develop new visitor experiences aimed at increasing traveler spending.

By focusing on cultural tourism, culinary and agritourism, outdoor recreation, tourism marketing and visitor management, CRAFT empowers rural tourism partners to inspire new forms of travel to and within their destination, enhance their destination’s tourism product, conserve cultural and natural assets and improve residential quality of life.

The CRAFT program is not currently open or accepting applications. Please check beck again soon.

 

CRAFT opportunities include:

CRAFT Studio 101

CRAFT Studio 101 supports destinations that are in the early stages of the place lifecycle by providing tourism education and training to integrate tourism into economic development strategies. Participants receive $10,000 of implementation funding upon completion.

CRAFT Studio 201
CRAFT Studio 201 provides 100 hours of customized mentoring for tourism destinations wishing to advance a specific tourism-related goal or strategy. Participants receive $7,500 of implementation funding upon completion.

CRAFT Workshops
CRAFT Workshops provide training and facilitated discussions for tourism destinations wishing to advance a tourism-related strategy relating to a specific industry segment or visitor experience. Participants receive $2,500 of implementation funding upon completion.

CRAFT  Mentor
CRAFT Mentor provides up to 50 hours of mentoring for tourism-related entities wishing to advance a specific tourism-related goal or strategy. Participants receive $1,000 of implementation funding upon completion.

CRAFT Recovery Mentor
CRAFT Recovery Mentor provides up to 50 hours of mentoring for Colorado tourism partners to advance one or more tourism strategies that bolsters their response to a recent crisis or natural disaster.


Questions?
Please contact Andrew Grossmann, CTO Director of Destination Development, andrew.grossmann@state.co.us; Elizabeth O'Rear, CTO Senior Manager of Grant Programs, elizabeth.orear@state.co.us; or Katie Payer, CRAFT Contractor & Coordinator, katie.payer@colorado.com