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Tourism Grant Program

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

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Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development

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09/15/21 Midnight


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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 non-resident visitation.

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

  • Arts / Culture / Heritage Preservation: Projects that preserve, protect, or restore Montana‚Äôs arts, culture, and/or heritage treasures.
  • Visitor Facility Upgrades / Construction: Projects that will enhance the non-resident visitor experience and increase expenditures.
  • Niche Product Development: Projects of interest to non-resident visitors as identified in Montana Destination Brand Research Study.

Tourism Grant funds can only be requested for actual project and activity related costs.

A key component of a successful application to the Tourism Grant Program is for the applicant to demonstrate the proposed project has the invested support of community and tourism partners. Such partnerships build sustainability and assist with destination marketing upon successful completion of the project.

Applications are reviewed by how well the applicant would market the proposed project upon completion to measure the impact to non-resident visitors; proposed projects that are identified by the community as key tourism development projects in a community, strategic, or tourism/recreational plan; and proposed projects that are supported by tourism and community partners. Other factors that may affect the success of an application or the amount of a potential award is the frequency of previous grants to an organization/entity, contractual compliance issues on previous or current projects, or the amount of previous grants to a community. A high-level of concentration is given to rural communities, under-served regions of Montana, and to tribal communities.

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GrantWatch ID#: 172624

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Term of Contract:

From the date of award, funded applicants have one 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, 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. 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.

Due to statutory limitations, event-based activities are not qualified for consideration in the annual application cycle.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Tourism Grant Program FY22 Application Workshop

For the upcoming annual application cycle, this workshop by the Tourism Grant Program provides an over-view of the Program guidelines and timelines; updates and an overview of the FY22 application; and an opportunity to answer questions about potential projects.

You can choose to attend one or more of the following webinars.
- Jul 8, 2021 01:00 PM
- Jul 22, 2021 10:00 AM

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Pre-Application Information:

-The 2022 annual application cycle of the Tourism Grant Program opened on August 1st at 8am MST via an online platform.
-The 2022 application window closes promptly at midnight MST on September 15th.
- Review & Ranking of Applications: September thru October
- Announcement of Awards and Technical Assistance Provided: Mid to Late November

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 award. Reasonable in-kind services, in-kind labor, and/or volunteer hours can count up to 25% of applicant match yet the remaining 75% of applicant match must be hard cash.

For interested parties consideration, a recording of the workshop and eligibility components is available On Demand while the application cycle is open:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online beginning August 1. See the URL for Full Text, below, for more information.

Contact Information:

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

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