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Community Partnership Program (CPP) Grants

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits and Organizations to
Increase Tourism Activity in Clackamas County

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Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory (OMHT)

Deadline Date:

03/05/18 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $250 to $20,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations and private or public organizations offering projects, events, and/or activities that increase tourism activity in Clackamas County. Funding is intended for events that are open to the public and generate overnight stays within Clackamas County.

Qualifying projects are those that demonstrate an ability to:
-Align with Mt. Hood Territory and the community’s established tourism goals and plans;
-Generate overnight stays in lodging facilities;
-Bring out of area visitors into a community from more than 50 miles away to recreate, shop, dine or take in the arts, cultural or historic offerings;
-Include more than one community, lodging, or tourism partner;
-Leverage additional dollars and/or resources;
-Be self-sustaining, have growth potential, or are capacity-building; and
-Offer measurable or demonstrable ROI.

Qualifying Project Examples:
-Geocaching Challenges
-Maps, Brochures, and Flyers
-Responsive Websites
-Online Marketing
-Print and Co-op Advertising
-Interpretive Panels & Signage
-Driving or Walking Tours
-Agritourism or Heritage Loops
-Festivals and Events
-Organized Rides/Runs

The most competitive projects are those that offer the greatest potential to increase tourism activity within the communities they are seeking funding.

Improvement projects must have a strong ability to attract/benefit visitors from outside the community. As an example, improvements/amenities at a local park in and of itself would not likely qualify as an eligible project. Improvements/amenities at a local park that is part of a larger designated bikeway or trail system that offer the potential to generate increased activation along the system would.

A “tourist” is defined as “a person who, for business or pleasure, recreation or participation in events related to the arts, heritage or culture, travels from the community in which that person is a resident to a different community that is separate, distinct from and unrelated to the person’s community of residence.” It further stipulates that the travel be “more than 50 miles from their community of residence or include an overnight stay.”

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 136760

Estimated Size of Grant:

$250 - $20,000

Term of Contract:

All projects that receive an award in the 2018 grant cycle shall be completed by December 31, 2018. Extensions for projects need to be requested by November 29, 2018. (Granted for extenuating circumstances only.) Extensions are generally granted for no more than 90 days.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant funds may be awarded to public, private, or non-profit organizations whose project demonstrates an ability to benefit the greater public interests of tourism development and promotion.

Because this program is funded with public dollars, grants cannot be awarded that benefit religious organizations or private for-profit businesses.

Ineligible Projects & Expenses:
-Those providing profitability or benefits to a single lodging partner, business, or individual
-Capital improvement projects benefiting a private, for-profit enterprise or property owner
-Compensation to applicant for executing their own proposal (some entity from within the community needs to want the project and submit an application.)
-“Grant administration” charges for executing projects or managing grant funds
-Entertainment at events; although funds can be used to promote events
-Community beautification, streetscape, or banner projects
-Normal costs of doing business

Pre-Application Information:

Dates & Timelines:
-Completed applications need to be submitted by 5:00pm, Monday, March 5st, 2018.
-Notice and Award Agreements will be emailed the beginning of April, 2018
-Projects shall be completed by December 31, 2018.
-Extensions for projects need to be requested by November 29, 2018. (Granted for extenuating circumstances only.)
-Year-End Reports for all funded project shall be submitted by February 7, 2019.

A project whose completion date is scheduled for after December 31, 2018 can be eligible for funding under this year’s grant cycle if the project’s timeline precludes it from applying for or receiving funds in next year’s cycle. For questions, contact Jim Austin (contact information below).

Separate applications are required for each project, even if an applicant is submitting multiple proposals.

Contact Information:

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

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If you have questions about CPP grants in your community please contact the CPP grant administrator:

For questions on projects whose completion date is scheduled for after December 31, 2018:

Jim Austin

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: Clackamas County