$200,000 Available in Special Event Grant Funds

July 11, 2012

Montana Department of Commerce, Special Events Grants Now Available October 19, 2012 Application Deadline

Montana communities, organizations and tribal governments sponsoring or planning community-based tourism festivals and events are invited to apply for $200,000 in state tourism grant funds available from the Montana Department of Commerce, Office of Tourism Special Events Grant Program (SEGP). The SEGP application deadline is October 19, 2012.

2012 SEGP Grant Recipient - Montana Bale Trail

Any Montana event is eligible to apply and the funds must be used to advertise and promote the event to target markets outside a 100-mile radius of the event site. Grants will be awarded based on a 3-tier approach that ranks communities according to population. The grants are designed to be matching funds for non-profit organizations involved in developing new annual events as well as enhancing existing community-based tourism festivals and events. Since its inception in 2002, the Special Event grant program has been able to provide $757,500 in grant money to 89 events across the state.

For more information about the SEGP, or to request an application, contact Carol Crockett at the Montana Office of Tourism, 406-841-2796, ccrockett@mt.gov. SEGP application materials can be downloaded from the Montana Office of Tourism’s Intranet site: www.travelmontana.mt.gov/forms.