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Cedar Falls Tourism offering grants for community betterment projects

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) - The Cedar Falls Visitors and Tourism Bureau is hoping to enhance the look and feel of the city. Local nonprofits are being asked to apply for projects that can bring change and attract more people to the area.

"Every time we enhance our experience for our residents that brings more visitors to the community as well, and we just grow our reputation and just really grow the pride that our residents have in the community," Cedar Falls Tourism and Cultural Program Manager Jennifer Pickar said.

The Community Betterment Grant money comes directly from hotel and motel tax collection, so the more visitors the city has, the more money that goes into the fund.

Local organizations can receive anywhere between $250 and up to $10,000.

Pickar says the money will go toward equipment, repairs, and other needs the local organizations feel will benefit the city.

"It is truly an opportunity for these local nonprofits to maybe test out a new project, try something new in the community, and bring something new to our residents," Pickar said.

In years past, an inclusion park was added on Greenhill Road, and the digital marquee on the Cedar Falls Community Theater was funded by the grant money. A variety of other projects were funded and even more are expected from this years' recipients.

Nonprofits looking to apply can pick up an application at the Cedar Falls Visitors Center on Hudson road, fill out the application online hereor call 319-268-4266 for additional information. The application deadline is October 29 at 4 p.m.

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