Grant Programs

Tourism Grant Program

The complete Tourism Grant Policy can be downloaded here: [pdf link]

A "How to" guide for completing a Tourism Grant application: [pdf link]

The Tourism Grant program is funded by the 4% Lodging Facility Use Tax. The grant funding pool is approximately $750,000.

  • The grant program is not intended to be a sustainable funding source. The amount and frequency of grant awards an applicant organization has received will be taken into consideration.
  • No “pass through” entities may be utilized to apply for grant funding. Applicant organization must own and be legally responsible for the project seeking grant funds.
  • No state or federal agencies may apply.

Eligible Organizations

  • Montana nonprofit organization
  • Montana tribal government
  • Montana city or county government

Application Review

  • Applicant organizations may not apply more than once per fiscal year.
  • Applications will be evaluated on a pass/fail rating system.
  • Priority will be given to projects that:
    • Clearly define how the project will be marketed once complete.
    • Have been identified as key tourism projects in a professionally-conducted community master planning process.
    • Are supported by one or more of the following tourism partners: an official Montana Tourism Region, Convention and Visitors Bureau, or Tourism Advisory Council.

Matching Funds

The applicant match must be "hard" dollars, an actual money investment in the project. The cash match is $1 grantee: $2 state. In-kind services are not considered a qualified match. The match must be applied to the project as outlined in the grant application:


Tourism Grant Awards 1995-2018 [PDF]

  • 356 projects funded
  • $10 Million Lodging Tax invested


Tourism Grant Funded Projects Map

Mission: The Tourism Grant program awards funds to projects that strengthen Montana’s economy through the development and enhancement of the state’s tourism and recreation industry.

Intent: The Tourism Grant program will fund projects that develop and enhance tourism and recreation products that are of interest to nonresident visitor profiles as outlined in “Montana Destination Brand Research.”

Strategy: Funds will be awarded to tourism and recreation projects that fall within the following general categories:

  • Arts / Culture / Heritage preservation
  • Visitor facility upgrades / construction
  • Niche product development

The FY19 application cycle window has closed. Applications for the FY20 will be accepted online beginning July 1, 2019 through September 30, 2019.


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