Travel Oregon Competitive Grants Program

The Travel Oregon Competitive Grants Program awards eligible applicants for projects that contribute to the development and improvement of local communities throughout the state. These projects support Travel Oregon’s mission of ‘a better life for Oregonians through strong, sustainable local economies.’  To be eligible for funding, projects must be for tourism purposes and demonstrate a direct tie to the mission of Travel Oregon.

Competitive Small Grants Program

Travel Oregon’s 2018-1019 Competitive Small Grants program will was open from July 30, 2018-Aug. 29, 2018. Read the award announcement to learn about the 23 projects that received funding.

Competitive Medium Grants Program

Travel Oregon’s 2018-2020 Competitive Medium Grants program was open from April 23, 2018-June 6, 2018. Read the award announcement to learn about the 12 projects that received funding 

Small Competitive
Grants Program

Opens May 20, 2019
Closes June 19, 2019
Award Announcement - September 12, 2019
Up to $20,000 askGrant project must be complete
within 12 months
Medium Competitive
Grants Program

Scheduled to open next in Spring of 2020
$20,000 - $100,000 askGrant project must be complete
within 24 months
Large Competitive
Grants Program

This program is opened only
under the direction of the
Oregon Tourism Commission
Greater than $100,000 askGrant project must be complete
within 10 years

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Competitive Large Grants Program

At its public meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 the Oregon Tourism Commission voted to open their Competitive Large Grants program for applications. The Commission further chose to designate $2.5 million dollars from the current fiscal year and an additional $2.5 million dollars over the course of the 2017-2019 biennium to initially fund this program. Eligible projects may be funded over more than one biennium.

Competitive Large Grant applications are for grants greater than $100,000 and must demonstrate at least a 50 percent cash match. Large grant awards are intended to create statewide impacts or impact multiple regions. Eligible projects must provide for the improvement or expansion of the tourism economy in Oregon by showcasing the state on a national or global stage or is a world-class asset.

During a public meeting of the Large Grants Review Committee on Monday, Nov. 27, it was determined that out of 15 applications received, a single applicant would move forward as a finalist to present to the Oregon Tourism Commission on Monday, Dec. 4.

At its Tuesday, Dec. 5 Oregon Tourism Commission meeting, the Commission awarded Oregon21, based in Eugene, $10 million for the 2021 IAAF World Championships that will showcase Oregon on a broad international scale. The grant awardee will be funded $2.5 million per year for four years. Read more about the 2017-2019 Competitive Large Grants awardee. Travel Oregon’s Competitive Large Grants are only opened at the direction of the Oregon Tourism Commission.

Travel Oregon Competitive Grants Program In Oregon

  1. Grants Application Documents

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  2. Grants Program FAQs

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  3. Past Grant Projects

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