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Tourism Grant Program

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

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Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development

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09/30/19 5:00 PM MST


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Grants to Montana nonprofit organizations and city, county, and Tribal governments for projects that 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’s 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.

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 or the amount of previous grants to a community. A high-level of concentration is also given to rural communities, under-served regions of Montana, and to tribal communities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172624

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Term of Contract:

From the date of award, funded applicants have 1 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.

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 upcoming annual application cycle, the Tourism Grant Program will host a webinar training and workshop to provide an over-view of the Program guidelines and timelines; updates and an overview of the application; and an opportunity to answer questions about potential projects. The live webinar will be approximately 1.5 hours and offered on the following dates/times:

Thursday, June 20 from 2:00-3:30 pm
Wednesday, June 26 from 2:00-3:30 pm
Tuesday, July 9 from 10:00-11:30 a
Thursday, July 18 from 2:00-3:30 pm

Pre-Application Information:


- The annual application window closes at 5:00 pm MST on September 30th.
- Application review period: October through November
- Announcement of awards: Mid- to Late-December
- Awarded projects entered into contract: After award, before the end of January

Qualified applicants must demonstrate a cash match of actual and committed money invested in the proposed project. The cash match is $1 applicant to $2 award.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online here:

Michele Cushman
Tourism Grants Program Manager
Phone: (406) 841-2796

Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development
301 S. Park Ave.
PO Box 201505
Helena, MT 59620-0505

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