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Tourism Infrastructure Investment Program (TIIP)

Grants to Non-Profits and Tribes
to Increase Tourism in Montana

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Montana Department of Commerce

Deadline Date:

08/01/12

Description:

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Grants of $20,000 or more will be awarded to non-profits, tribes, and government entities for the construction and/or enhancement of tourism-related facilities in Montana. Funds will be provided for a variety of expenditures such as the construction, rehabilitation, or preservation of existing attractions, historical sites, and artifacts; the creation of new attractions; and equipment purchases for specific tourism projects. The primary goal of this program is to create or improve attractions and services that will entice visitors to spend more time and money in Montana’s communities. The program also aims at helping communities and organizations improve the quality of life for Montanans.

TIIP funds are to be used for “brick and mortar” projects. The following types of usage for TIIP Funds would not be allowed (list is not all-inclusive):
* Non-project salaries and facility administrative costs such as rent, postage, utilities, taxes, etc.
* Entertainment, honoraria
* Travel, food, or lodging
* Marketing, advertising, trade shows
* Infrastructure such as community roads, sewers, sidewalks, water systems, etc.
* Routine upkeep and maintenance expenses
* Market research/feasibility studies

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 129243

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$550,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

At least $20,000

Term of Contract:

The project must be completed within 18 months from the signing of the TIIP contract by the Montana Department of Commerce.

Eligibility:

  • Local Governments
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Tribal governments

Applicant sponsors officially representing tourism-related, non-profit groups (such as chambers of commerce, economic development corporations, community clubs or organizations, arts, culture and historic preservation associations, etc.). Montana Indian tribes, cities and counties are considered qualifying tourism-related, non-profit groups for the purposes of applying for TIIP Grant funds.

State and federal public-sector agencies may apply for grant funds as a part of this program, but may be considered lower in priority to other qualified applicants.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Wednesday, June 20, from 11 am-Noon. The free 1-hour webinar will go over the 2012 TIIP application form highlighting key information that should be provided and responding to questions from webinar participants. If you’re interested in this webinar, contact Montana Office of Tourism’s Victor Bjornberg to make sure you receive a webinar invite. http://montanatourismnews.org/2012/06/07/tourism-facility-tiip-grant-application-training-webinar-%E2%80%93-june-20/

Pre-Application Information:

Sponsors are required to invest $1 for every $2 in TIIP Grant funds received for their project. The match must be in “hard” dollars, an actual money investment.

Previously funded projects: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wiSIqCpqnmjZFKQnJsicIm0H0Di6uIiPdbI36aNW-xc/edit?pli=1

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Victor Bjornberg
406-841-2795
vbjornberg@mt.gov

Geographic Focus:

USA: Montana