Commerce Awards $1.8 Million in Grants to Enhance Tourism and Recreation

Makoshika State Park HELENA – The Montana Department of Commerce announced today it has awarded $1.8 million of grant funding to 22 projects to boost tourism, increase recreational opportunities, and strengthen local economies.

“Tourism is one of Montana’s largest industries; just last year, more than 12 million non-residents visited Montana and spent nearly $5 billion. That’s why it’s important that we support Montana’s tourism regions and assets, to create good-paying jobs for the workers in these communities,” said Commerce Director Scott Osterman. “Not only will this grant funding help keep our state’s economy strong and sustainable, but it will allow these communities to showcase to visitors from all over the world what Montana has to offer.”

Eligible entities that may apply for tourism grants include cities, counties, non-profit organizations, and Tribal entities based in Montana.

Tourism Grant Program funding recipients:

In 2020, the City of Glasgow received $16,833 of tourism grant funding to design and install a comprehensive branded wayfinding system throughout the city. The project increased out-of-area tourism expenditures by providing additional wayfinding signs to guide visitors where to dine, shop, visit art galleries, visit the local brewery, stay in the historic downtown hotel, and explore the downtown district.

The Tourism Grant Program is funded by the 4% Lodging Facility Use Tax, commonly known as the “Bed Tax.” Enacted by the 1987 Legislature, the Bed Tax is collected from guests of hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, guest ranches, resorts, short-term vacation rentals, and campgrounds.

For more information about the Tourism Grant Program, visit BRAND.MT.GOV.

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