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Tourism Marketing and Promotions Grant

Grants to Tillamook County, Oregon Nonprofits,
Businesses, and Agencies to Promote Local Tourism

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Tillamook County Economic Development Council (EDC) and Visit Tillamook Coast (VTC)

Deadline Date:

12/02/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Tillamook County, Oregon nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and businesses to promote, expand, and enhance the local tourism industry. Funding is intended to support the promotion and marketing of programs, activities, services, and events that will attract visitors to Tillamook County.

Emphasis is placed on projects that encourage tourism in the shoulder and off-seasons (non-peak tourist months), encouraging extended stays, repeat visits, and contribute to the development and improvement of the local economy by means of enhancement, expansion, and promotion of the local tourism industry.

Eligible Expenses: 

  • Radio or TV Ads
  • Web expenses: design, development and or updates
  • Mobile app design, development, or updates
  • Web advertising: Google ads, social media, and other electronic media expenses
  • Hats, t-shirts, clothing or other giveaways, not for resale
  • Product labels, packaging, jars, boxes
  • Trade or food shows: booth fees, electric hookups, cost of samples
  • Vehicle truck and trailer wraps
  • Brochures
  • Newspaper ads
  • Direct mail ads
  • Print ads
  • Signs
  • Sales catalogs
  • Video productions
  • Banners
  • Billboards
  • Farm signs
  • Retail displays
  • Kiosks
  • Staff time allocated to the marketing and promotions project (Must provide detailed account of time spent on project.)

As part of the application, eligible applicants will be asked to describe how the proposed project complements or contributes holistically to the tourism priorities of Visit Tillamook Coast. Click here to see the Tourism Priorities:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174258

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may apply for grant funding up to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

All grant activities must be completed by February 1, 2021. If the project is for the promotion of a specific event, grant activities must be completed no later than 30 days following the event.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For-Profit Application Eligibility:
Applicants must be 1) for-profit businesses engaged in tourism activities; and 2) operate in Tillamook County or provide services to tourists in Tillamook County.

Nonprofit/Not-For-Profit Application Eligibility:
Applicants must operate in Tillamook County or serve tourists in Tillamook County and be: 1) a qualified tax-exempt organization, such as government; or 2) a non-profit recognized by the state or federal government as a 501(c) that serves tourists.

Ineligible Expenses:
- Salaries and wages (except as noted-any project related salaries and wages are eligible)
- Fringe benefits
- Rent/lease costs
- Utilities
- Web maintenance
- App maintenance
- Purchase of equipment
- Trade show hotel, travel, labor, registration fees
- Costs incurred prior to the submission and award of a grant, actual or anticipated
- Costs of operating an event
- Costs not outlined in the grant application. Only expenses approved in the application are eligible for reimbursement.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for application: Monday, December 2, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

Tentative Grant Award Date: January 15, 2020.

For-Profits: Funds are available as a 50% reimbursement for tourism marketing and promotional purposes. For example, a $20,000 marketing campaign would be eligible for reimbursement up to $10,000.

Nonprofits: Applicants must provide documentation of at least 25% match level in funds or in-kind support of the amount requested. For example, an organization requesting $1,000 in grant funds would be required to provide matching funds or in-kind support of $250.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Amy Blackburn, Director of Finance & Administration

Julie Hurliman

Submit completed application packet to:
Tillamook Coast Visitors Association
Partners for Rural Innovation Building
4506 Third Street
Tillamook, Oregon 97141

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: Tillamook County

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