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Tourism Grants to Help 44 Communities Attract Visitors Through Events

$550,000 awarded to support events across Montana

Friday, May 24, 2019/Categories: Market MT, Tourism, Funds Awarded

HELENA, Mont. – A pilot cycle of the Tourism Grant Program at the Department of Commerce will award nearly $550,000 to help 44 communities across Montana boost attendance at events to grow visitor spending.

Grant recipients completed a competitive application cycle earlier this spring and will be reimbursed for event costs related to marketing, temporary infrastructure, facilities, hospitality and signage. The maximum award per event is $25,000.

“Local celebrations, festivals and events – big or small – are important for bringing visitors into Montana communities,” said Commerce Director Tara Rice. “Events like these pull visitors from out of the area into our communities and Main Street businesses. Even a small investment can have a big impact.”

Full List of Grant Recipients:

  • In Alberton, Railroad Day Festival is awarded $1,389
  • In Anaconda, Smelterman’s Day Celebration is awarded $10,000
  • In Bigfork, Dragon Boat Festival is awarded $18,700
  • In Billings, MINT Film Festival is awarded $4,000
  • In Billings, Montana Renaissance Festival is awarded $10,000
  • In Billings, North by Northwest (NxNW) is awarded $1,250
  • In Bozeman, Cycle Greater Yellowstone is awarded $12,000
  • In Bozeman, Shakespeare in the Parks’ 2019 Tour is awarded $11,711
  • In Bozeman, Sweet Pea Festival is awarded $14,289
  • In Broadus, Homesteader Days is awarded $5,000
  • In Butte, Covellite International Film Festival is awarded $12,250
  • In Butte, Music on Main is awarded $9,000
  • In Butte, SNöFLINGA is awarded $21,490
  • In Choteau, Front Range Yoga Festival 2020 is awarded $6,050
  • In Choteau, Wild Wings Festival is awarded $5,665
  • In Cut Bank, Cut Bank Holiday Bazaar is awarded $12,900
  • In Cut Bank, Montana Fund Weekend is awarded $11,047
  • In Deer Lodge, Western Harvest Weekend is awarded $16,050
  • In Dillon, Montana Range Days is awarded $4,076
  • In Dillon, Pronghorn Pursuit Trail Run is awarded $2,550
  • In Ekalaka, 7th Annual Dino Shindig is awarded $3,598
  • In Fort Benton, Boats, Brews and Blues is awarded $4,650
  • In Fort Benton, Fort Benton Summer Celebration is awarded $6,250
  • In Gardiner, Gardiner Brewfest is awarded $5,000
  • In Glasgow, Milk River Catfish Days is awarded $10,593
  • In Glendive, Makoshika Mascot Challenge is awarded $14,355
  • In Great Falls, 4th of July Hootenanny is awarded $13,000
  • In Great Falls, The Montana Brew Fest is awarded $4,287
  • In Hamilton, Artists Along the Bitterroot Studio Tours is awarded $9,200
  • In Hamilton, Bitter Root Day and Apple Day and Night is awarded $7,750
  • In Havre, Bear Paw Marathon is awarded $12,700
  • In Helena, 5th Annual Reeder’s Alley Block Party is awarded $3,235
  • In Helena, Meadowlark Music Festival is awarded $742
  • In Helena, Montana Preservation Roadshow is awarded $2,070
  • In Helena, Symphony Under the Stars is awarded $7,600
  • In Jordan, Garfield County Centennial Celebration is awarded $4,900
  • In Kalispell, Festival Amadeus 2019 is awarded $12,500
  • In Lame Deer, Cheyenne Victory Day is awarded $17,240
  • In Lewistown, Hands on Montana Art Party is awarded $4,650
  • In Lewistown, Montana Winter Fair is awarded $11,800
  • In Libby, Kootenai County Chainsaw Carving Championship is awarded $19,200
  • In Libby, Riverfront Blues Festival is awarded $7,500
  • In Lincoln, Lincoln Art and Music Festival is awarded $13,870
  • In Livingston, 93rd Annual Livingston Roundup Parade is awarded $4,650
  • In Malta, Judith River Formation Symposium is awarded $3,713
  • In Missoula, International Choral Festival is awarded $14,790
  • In Missoula, RecCon Montana is awarded $5,000
  • In Olney, Race to the Sky is awarded $7,220
  • In Polson, Flathead Lake 5K Run is awarded $2,250
  • In Polson, Flathead Lake Blues and Music Festival is awarded $9,750
  • In Red Lodge, Autumn Walk About: Mining Coal, Mining Creativity is awarded $4,850
  • In Ronan, Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous is awarded $6,825
  • In Scobey, Pioneer Days Friday Night Concert is awarded $8,300
  • In Seeley Lake, In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean Festival is awarded $4,500
  • In Shelby, Shelby Kite Festival is awarded $4,875
  • In Sidney, Christmas Stroll and Parade of Lights is awarded $8,000
  • In Terry, Celebrating Agriculture in Prairie County is awarded $3,200
  • In Townsend, Townsend Fall Fest is awarded $15,000
  • In Troy, Old Fashioned 4th of July is awarded $8,770
  • In Valier, Lake Frances Triple P: Paddle, Peddle, Pace is awarded $5,835
  • In West Yellowstone, Yellowstone Ski Festival is awarded $13,500
  • In White Sulphur Springs, Red Ants Pants Music Festival is awarded $24,000
  • In Whitefish, Great Northwest Oktoberfest is awarded $5,750
  • In Whitefish, Whitefish Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K is awarded $2,500

Learn more at the Tourism Grant Program website.


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