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Grants to Montana Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes
to Develop Recreation and Tourism Opportunities

Tourism Grant Program

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Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development

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09/15/22 Midnight MST


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Grants to Montana nonprofit organizations and city, county, and Tribal governments for projects to enhance and develop the state's recreation and tourism industry. Funding may be used for facility construction and upgrades, arts, heritage, and cultural preservation, and niche product development. Funds are awarded annually to projects that develop and enhance tourism and recreation products that have the potential to increase out of area visitation.

Tourism grant funds are awarded through the annual application cycle to projects that develop and enhance tourism and recreation products in Montana that have the potential to increase out-of-area visitation and increase expenditures in the community. Tourism Grant funds can only be requested for actual project and activity-related costs.

Funds are generally awarded to tourism and recreation projects that fall within the categories of:

  • Digital Product Development: online assets that create or contain destination brand for the tourism and/or recreation industry.
  • Heritage Preservation: projects that preserve, protect, or restore Montana‚Äôs arts, culture, and/or heritage treasures.
  • Infrastructure Upgrades or Enhancements: projects that will enhance the resident and out-of-area visitor experience and increase expenditures.
  • Wayfinding/Signage: community and/or outdoor recreation opportunities made more visible through signage or mapping or destination development.
  • Niche Product Development: projects of interest to out-of-area visitors as identified in the Montana Destination Brand Research Study.

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GrantWatch ID#: 172624

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Term of Contract:

From the date of award, funded applicants have until June 1 of the following fiscal year to complete the project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Entities in Montana that are eligible to apply for a Tourism Grant include:
- A primary, registered non-profit 501(c) organization
- A Tribal government
- A City or County government

Eligible entities cannot use funds as a pass-through for ineligible entities, which include for-profit businesses, individuals, subsidiaries of a non-profit, sponsored entities that do not have a tax-exempt status, and other State or Federal agencies. Eligible entities must be in good standing with the IRS and the entity or organization information must match the filed Tax I.D. or, for a 501(c), the most recently filed Form 990-N. The 501(c) must be based in Montana. Eligible entities are limited to one application for one proposed project per funding cycle.

Examples of ineligible project costs include but are not limited to: workshops and training; market research or feasibility studies; staff costs including wages, travel, per diem; administrative, overhead, or indirect costs; office supplies; promotional items; subscriptions or membership costs; domain registration and website hosting; social media posts or press releases; routine operation and maintenance costs.

Tourism Grant Program funds are typically not appropriate for front-end construction projects, projects that are still in the fundraising or planning phase, and/or non-shovel-ready projects.

Pre-proposal Conference:

For the annual application cycle, the Tourism Grant Program will host a webinar training and workshop on July 13th and again on July 27th providing an over-view of the Program guidelines and timeline of the grant cycle, a review of the FY23 application, and an opportunity to answer questions about potential projects.

Click the registration link to participate in one of the workshops.

Pre-Application Information:

- The Fiscal Year 2023 annual application cycle opens on August 1st and closes promptly at midnight MST on September 15th.
- September thru October: Review and ranking of applications
- Mid-to-late November: Announcement of awards and technical assistance provided
- 1 June: Awarded projects completed

Qualified applicants must demonstrate a match of actual and committed money and in-kind investment if applicable in the proposed project. The match is $1 applicant to $2 grant award.

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

Apply online:

Michele Cushman, Tourism Grant Program Manager

Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development
301 S. Park Ave.
PO Box 200533
Helena, MT 59620-0505

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