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Grants to Oregon Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Tribes for Projects to Increase Tourism

Visitor Experience Enhancement Grant Program


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Geographic Focus
USA: Oregon: Portland

Important Dates
Conference Date: 01/10/24
Deadline: 02/12/24 5:00 PM PST Save

Grant Description
Grants to Oregon nonprofit and for-profit organizations and tribes for projects that will draw increased tourism to eligible regions. Funding is intended for projects that will improve infrastructure for the tourism industry in an effort to enhance the visitor experience in Portland.

Travel Portland established this grant program to help fund projects that will create new tourism infrastructure or enhance existing tourism infrastructure in Portland in alignment with the following strategic objectives:

  • Create mainstream awareness of Portland as a Destination
  • Strengthen Portland's brand
  • Elevate the visitor experience

Eligible projects must clearly show alignment with tourism infrastructure and meet the following requirements:

  • The project must have a visitor-facing (tourism) element and possess the potential to achieve visibility and recognition nationally or internationally as evidenced by current programs and management structure.
  • The project proposal must include a complete plan that covers feasibility, schedule and budget and must be completed within one year of grant disbursement.

Successful applications will incorporate tourism best practices, innovation, collaboration and business ideas with strong commercial potential for the local tourism economy.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants include those listed below who are doing business in Portland and must be able to demonstrate direct work in support of improving the economic impacts of Portland's travel and tourism industry:
- Non-profit organizations that have been registered with the Oregon Secretary of State's Office for at least two years.
- For-profit entities that have been registered with the Oregon Secretary of State's Office for at least two years.
- Federally recognized tribes.

Dollars from this cycle of grant funding cannot be used to pay for staff salaries or expand staff capacity.

The following activities are not eligible for grants:
- Events / temporary activations
- Mobile app development
- Cannabis or tobacco tourism-related projects
- Staff salaries and other ongoing operational costs
- Deferred, regular or ongoing maintenance and upkeep

Pre-Proposal Conference
Learn more about the 2024 cycle of Travel Portland's Visitor Experience Enhancement Grants at the informational session.

January 10, 2024 at 12:00 PM PST


Pre-Application Information
- Grant guidelines available online: Dec. 14, 2023
- Eligibility quiz and application form available online: Jan. 8, 2024 at 9 a.m. PST
- Informational session: Jan. 10, 2024 at 12 p.m. PST
- Deadline to submit application: Feb. 12, 2024 at 5 p.m. PST
- Application status notification: March 31, 2024
- Grant agreement due: April 15, 2024
- Project completion deadline: April 30, 2025
- Project report due (with budget and proof of spending): May 15, 2025

In order to access the online application form, all applicants must submit an eligibility quiz to ensure that the entity is eligible for consideration. Upon completion of the eligibility quiz, the applicant will receive access to the application.

A maximum of one grant project per organization per grant cycle will be awarded.

No match is required for any funding request. However, applications that show additional funds provided through cash or in-kind contributions may be given preference.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Requests between $10,000 to $25,000 will be accepted.

Term of Contract
Projects must be complete by May 1, 2025.

Contact Information
Create an account and apply online (from January 8):

For questions about eligibility criteria or the application process, contact

Travel Portland
100 S.W. Main St., Suite 1100
Portland, OR 97204

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