HELENA – The Montana Department of Commerce today announced that more than $ 1 million in grants have been awarded under its Tourism Grants program to strengthen local economies in 21 communities.
“These grants will serve 22 tourism and recreation projects across Montana, including small unincorporated towns, rural communities and known attraction areas for non-resident visitors,” Trade manager Scott Osterman said. “Not only will these funds help boost tourism locally, but they will support well-paying jobs, another added benefit of increased visitor activity,” Osterman added.
Recipients of Tourism Subsidy Program funding:
- Blaine County will receive $ 34,303 to expand the Blaine County Wildlife Museum.
- the Carter County Geological Society will receive $ 109,187 to install track lights, projectors and motion detectors to illuminate the museum’s exhibit heritage.
- the Darby Rodeo Association will receive $ 113,809 to purchase and install two sets of preformed bleachers, one of which is accessible to people with disabilities.
- the Deer Lodge Development Group will receive $ 32,700 to renovate the front area of the 502 Main Street Building into a visitor center.
- Dillon Main Street LLC and the City of Dillon will receive $ 13,393.50 to build and install a permanent shade and event structure in Jaycee Park.
- the Evelyn Cameron Legacy will receive $ 3,229 to purchase and install chair rails for a display.
- Fallon County will receive $ 8,219 to design and install facades for the museum’s main building.
- the Frontier Gate Museum will receive $ 10,000 to generate talking trail points for the Talking Trail app.
- the City of Glasgow and the Valley County Historical Society will receive $ 32,500 to rehabilitate the outdoor static display of the T-33 aircraft in front of the Valley County Museum.
- the Libby Chamber of Commerce will receive $ 45,000 to develop video content and create a channel platform for the greater Libby area.
- Madison County will receive $ 200,000 to build an all-weather arena at the Madison County Fairgrounds in Twin Bridges.
- the Mussel Valley Community Foundation/Roundup Community Partners will receive $ 40,000 to build a branded community reception area and a visitor information kiosk.
- the Myrna loy will receive $ 61,000 to design, build and install a street arch, a series of orientation signs and ceremonial banners.
- Our Lady of the Rockies will receive $ 60,000 to build an ADA compliant toilet.
- the Paradise Elementary School Preservation Committee will receive $ 31,058 to build a round five-bay mini-house for exhibits showcasing the community’s railway heritage.
- the Ravalli County Museum will receive $ 13,750 to fabricate and install panels for the outdoor exhibition on the history and culture of Nez Percé.
- the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation will receive $ 47,336 to design and install signage, exterior improvements to the sculpture garden and improvements to the entrance to the Roosevelt Center.
- the Town of Shelby will receive $ 12,325 to renovate the exterior of the historic Shelby Town Hall building.
- the Stanford Open will receive $ 80,000 to construct an elevated covered grandstand for the arena at the Judith Basin County Fairgrounds.
- the West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation will receive $ 13,393.50 to increase accessibility to the biathlon shooting range by expanding the range area.
- the Wibaux Chamber of Commerce will receive $ 1,000 to design and produce a map of points of interest and businesses in the Wibaux region.
- the Yellowstone Historic Center will receive $ 78,900 to design and install the trailhead and interpretive signs for and along the Yellowstone Shortline Trail.
“Roundup’s community partners are very grateful to the Tourism Board for their support of Roundup’s premier visitor center and visitor information kiosk,” said Theresa Doumitt, Co-Chair of Roundup Community Partners. “Their partnership will allow an important step forward in the revitalization of our main street and the revival of our economy. This project will create an anchoring development for Main Street and will serve as a gateway to welcome visitors into the community ”, Doumitt added.
“On behalf of the Darby Rodeo Association, we would like to thank the Montana Department of Commerce for this award, the City of Darby for using the facility, our partners who provided letters of support, and all of our fans for to have attended our events, ” said Amy Robbins, supporter of the Darby Rodeo Association. “With the addition of two sets of permanent bleachers, including disabled accessible seats, we will be able to provide our fans with an enhanced seating experience and increase our capacity. “ Robbins added.
“The Yellowstone Shortline Trail Committee and Historic Center of Yellowstone are delighted to have the support of the Montana Department of Commerce for the Yellowstone Shortline Trail through the Tourism Grant Program,” said Ellen Butler, interim executive director of Yellowstone Historic Center. “The funds from the tourism subsidy program will allow us to create a traveling and traveling museum along the railway path through the development of professional interpretive panels that explore the unique history of the region, both natural and cultural.” Butler added.
The tourism subsidy program is funded by the 4% accommodation use tax, commonly known as the “bed tax”. Passed by the 1987 legislature, the tourist tax is collected from guests of hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, ranches, resorts, short-term vacation rentals, and campgrounds. Eligible entities that can apply for tourism grants include cities, counties, nonprofits, and tribal entities based in Montana.
For more information on the Tourism Grants Program, visit MARKETMT.COM.