Applications will be accepted from 8 a.m. on Nov. 2 until Nov. 28 at 5 p.m.
The mission of Travel Oregon is to inspire travel that uplifts Oregon communities. Collaborating with stakeholders and partners to align as stewards of Oregon, we work to optimize economic opportunity, advance equity and respect the ecosystems, cultures and places that make Oregon…Oregon. Travel Oregon’s Competitive Grants are intended to develop and improve economies of communities throughout Oregon by the means of enhancement, expansion and promotion of the visitor industry.
To strengthen local communities through its current round of funding, Travel Oregon has created a Capacity & Small Project Grants program that focuses specifically on supporting destination marketing/management organizations and federally-recognized tribes through capacity building.
Funds are intended to develop and refine skills, systems, structures and strategies so the organization can successfully fulfill its mission and achieve outcomes that are more impactful. Funds also support diversity, equity and inclusion training and coaching to support these entities as they advance racial equity within their organizations and through their work.
If an entity finds that capacity building is not a priority for their community, then a Small Project grant may be requested.
Eligible entities must choose between two project categories: 1) Capacity Building or 2) Small Projects. Only one option may be requested. Capacity Building is preferred as Travel Oregon believes capacity building funds provide an opportunity for awardees to set the organizational foundation to successfully move future projects forward. Capacity Building awards are intended to be one-time investments. Awardees are encouraged to find ways through other funding streams to extend or build upon a capacity award when the grant timeline is completed.
Total funding available for the Capacity & Small Project Grants program is $1.5 million. No cash match is required. Projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2023.
Eligible applicants include those listed below that are doing business in Oregon and can demonstrate direct work in support of improving the economic impacts of Oregon’s travel and tourism industry:
- Federally-recognized tribes
- Oregon Destination Marketing/Management Organizations that receive transient lodging tax from an Oregon city, county, region or state entity as the authorized contact for destination marketing and/or management*
* If you are an authorized DMO as recognized by a local government where transient lodging tax is not collected you may still apply but must obtain additional proof of eligibility and upload official documentation attesting that you are the recognized DMO (ex: letter of attestation from an official of your destination’s city/county government).
If you are uncertain if you meet the eligible applicant criteria, reach out to Travel Oregon at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 971-352-6719.
To Get Started
Review the complete Travel Oregon Capacity & Small Project Grants Guidelines available on the Application Documents page.
- Nov. 2, 2022 (8 a.m. PDT) – Online application opens
- Nov. 28, 2022 (5 p.m. PST) – Online application closes
- Dec. 21, 2022 – Capacity & Small Project Grants application status notification (funds to be distributed after Jan. 1, 2023)
- Dec. 31, 2023 – Project completion deadline (grant funds spent)
- Jan. 15, 2024 – Project Status Report Due (final budget, proof of spending, written account of how grant funds were used and the impact of the grant dollars)