HELENA, Mont.– Governor Steve Bullock today announced $420,586 in funding for development and enhancement of tourism infrastructure in seven Montana communities.
“Montana’s tourism economy is strong and growing, attracting millions of folks from across the world to enjoy or public lands and wide open spaces,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “These funds help our communities increase the economic impact of tourism and take advantage of innovative new marketing opportunities.”
The funds are being made available through the Montana Department of Commerce, Office of Tourism and Business Development Tourism Grant Program. The program awards funds to projects that strengthen Montana’s economy through the development and enhancement of the state’s tourism industry. The program offers funding in three categories: tourism digital development, tourism infrastructure and tourism event paid media advertising.
Full List of Grant Recipients:
- Big Hole Valley Association of Wisdom received $2,300 from the Digital Development category. Grant funds will be used to purchase a digital timer for the community’s annual skijoring competition and other winter events.
- The Libby Area Chamber of Commerce received $46,200 from the Digital Development category for a Kootenai area rebranding initiative.
- Montana Bicycle Guild of Helena received $12,046 from the Infrastructure category for the Montana Bicycle Initiative. Grant funds will be used to purchase trail maintenance equipment to maintain the area’s bicycle trail system.
- Thompson Falls Main Street, Inc. of Thompson Falls received $4,000 from the Infrastructure category for a project to develop wayfinding signage as part of a downtown master plan.
- The City of Glasgow received $18,866 from the Infrastructure category to add campsite amenities for bicycle tourists to the city’s existing Smith Park.
- Polebridge Mercantile of Polebridge received $68,985 from the Infrastructure category to add ADA accessible restrooms.
- Range Riders, Inc. of Miles City received $40,000 from the Infrastructure category for rehabilitation of the Fort Keogh Officers’ Quarters at the Range Riders Museum.
- Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild of Lincoln received $31,189 from the Infrastructure category to add walkways, signage and ADA accessible restrooms.
- Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs and Resort, Inc. of Saco received $148,000 from the Infrastructure category for guest cabin restoration and historic preservation.
- The Paradise Elementary School Preservation Committee of Paradise received $49,000 from the Infrastructure category for a project to repurpose the community’s closed elementary school into an arts, community and visitor center.
For more information related to the Tourism Grant Program, visit MarketMT.com.
The Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development markets Montana’s spectacular unspoiled nature, vibrant and charming small towns, breathtaking experiences, relaxing hospitality, and competitive business climate to promote the state as a place to visit and do business.