Commerce Announces Grants to Grow 14 Native American-Owned Small Businesses

Flathead Raft Company MONTANA – The Montana Department of Commerce today announced $86,500 in funding to support the growth of 14 Native American-owned small businesses through the Tribal Tourism Digital Business Development Grant at the Montana Department of Commerce.

“Native-owned and tourism-related businesses were hit especially hard by COVID-19,” Commerce Director Scott Osterman said. “As these businesses look ahead to a brighter future, they will be more prepared with the digital resources and tools they need to reach and serve the modern-day traveler.”

The Tribal Tourism Digital Business Development Grant is a competitive grant program to help Native American-owned businesses related to the tourism industry emerge from COVID-19 restrictions better positioned to generate revenue by establishing or strengthening digital distribution or promotion of their products and services. Eligible project categories include professional content development, website development and virtual experiences.

Each business will receive between $5,500 and $6,250 and must provide matching funds.

The following 14 entrepreneurs and small businesses owners will share $86,500 in Tribal Tourism Digital Business Development grants:

Blackfeet Tribe
Chippewa Cree Tribe
Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes
Crow Tribe
Fort Belknap Assiniboine and Gros Ventre Tribes
Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes
Northern Cheyenne Tribe
The Tribal Tourism Digital Business Development grant is a limited-time pilot program; however, the Department of Commerce will open the application cycle for another program, the Indian Equity Fund Small Business Grant, on July 1, 2021.
To learn more about the Office of Indian Country Economic Development programs, visit MARKETMT.COM.

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