Please Note (August 1, 2020): Travel Oregon is currently evaluating how its Grants Program will best serve the needs of the travel and tourism industry as it responds and recovers from the impacts of COVID-19. Be sure to join Travel Oregon’s industry newsletter list to stay updated on grant opportunities.
Q: How do I apply for a Travel Oregon grant?
A: The online application for the Competitive Small Grants program will open for 30 days in August 2020. In order to receive access to the online grant application, applicants must submit a project idea form that will be sent directly to their Regional Destination Management Organization (RDMO). Once the form is submitted, applicants will be provided with a confirmation email which will include a link and access code to the grant application.
The Oregon Wine Country License Plates Grants program will open Aug. 11.
You must have access to the internet and be able to upload files in order to complete the application.
Q: Once I start the application, will I be able to save my work and return at another time?
A: Yes. You will create an account through our online application system. Accessing the application through a secure login will enable you to save the application and return at a later time to complete. However, once you submit your application, you cannot make changes to it. You will only be able to view your submission.
Q: Can I view the application questions before I access the actual application?
A: Yes. We encourage you to download the application questions before you begin the application so you can have everything ready to go. Enlisting a proof-reader to review your answers before you complete the application is also highly recommended. Download the application questions for the 2021-2022 Oregon Wine Country Plates Matching Grants.
Q: I am a non-profit business. Do I still need to upload a W-9 form?
A: Yes, all entities applying for grant funding through Travel Oregon must upload a completed W-9 form. Make sure you are using a current W-9 form. Non-profit businesses need to fill out their exemption code in Box 4. Non-profits need to enter Exempt Payee Code = 1 in this section (ignore the line regarding FATCA) as is described on page three of the W-9 directions.
Q: What is the document that I need to upload in order to show proof of my Federal Tax ID?
A: Proof of Federal Tax ID is a copy of the letter from the Internal Revenue Service showing your Federal Tax ID number.
If you are a tax exempt non-profit organization, and you can not find your Affirmation Letter, you may contact the IRS Tax Exempt and Government Entities Customer Account Services at 877-829-5500 to request an Affirmation Letter.
If you are a government entity in order to show proof of Federal Tax ID, you would include your Governmental Information Letter. As a special service to government entities, the IRS will issue a “governmental information letter” free of charge. This letter describes government entity exemption from Federal income tax and cites applicable Internal Revenue Code sections pertaining to deductible contributions and income exclusion. Government entities can request a governmental information letter by calling 877-829-5500.
All grant applicants should be prepared to show proof of EIN (CP 575 or replacement Form 147c).
Q: I am a for-profit business. What is the document that I need to upload in order to show proof of my Federal Tax ID?
A: For-profit entities must show proof of EIN. The document needed to show Proof of Federal Tax ID in the grant application is the EIN Confirmation Letter from the IRS.
If this number is lost or misplaced, you can contact the IRS Business & Specialty Tax Line at 800-829-4933. (For-profit entities are not eligible to apply for Oregon Wine Country Plates Matching Grants).
Q: I am a tour operator (provide cycling tours). Can I apply for a “Tour operator support” Sales-type grant to help expand my business?
A: No. Sales-type projects include an emphasis on expanding growth in international markets. In terms of “Tour operator support” this is referencing support of an in-country marketing program. An example of this would be working with a German Tour Operator in promoting an Oregon seven-day tour package (marketed in Europe). The support would include some sort of incentive or action (product tasting, social media buy, or something to build consumer awareness) that could help to increase sales of the package through the travel agents.
Q: I am a small business owner. Can I apply for a “Familiarization tour support” Sales-type grant to purchase a shuttle bus as a way to transport travel writers/media to different drop off points along my tour route?
A: No. The purchase of modes of transportation (vehicles, kayaks, bicycles, etc.) by for-profit businesses will not be funded through Travel Oregon’s Competitive Small Grants program. Sales-type projects include an emphasis on expanding growth in international markets. In terms of “Familiarization tour support” this could be a lump sum payment used to host international media or receptive tour operators.