Grants and Funding Resources
There are a number of COVID 19 grant programs currently available to our local community partners. Most of the State and Federal COVID 19 relief funding programs are being administered locally through Baker County Economic Development, Baker City Community Development, Blue Mountain Community College SBDC and the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District.
Grant programs and availability change rapidly and often have a short application timeline. We recommend that our partners contact the organizations listed above to receive email alerts for the latest available resources. You can also find the current list of grant programs and other available COVID 19 recovery resources on the Baker County COVID 19 website.
Travel Oregon managest two competitive grant programs.
Projects that contribute to the development and improvement of local economies and communities throughout Oregon by means of the enhancement, expansion and promotion of the visitor industry are eligible to receive grant funding.
In light of the continuing economic impact and uncertainty resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Travel Oregon is reviewing its Competitive Grants Program to determine how these funds can best support Oregon’s travel and tourism businesses and organizations in their recovery.
Therefore, the Competitive Small Grants Program, scheduled to open in August 2020, has been postponed. Travel Oregon announces all of its grant opportunities through the industry newsletter.
Eastern Oregon Visitors Association also manages a small tourism grants program to help fund projects In alignment with their mission to promote the Eastern Oregon visitor experience and to enhance and preserve the region’s quality of life and economy.
Applications should align with the following key initiatives:
- Drive visitation from Eastern Oregon’s key domestic and international markets.
- Develop destination-based products that are in concert with the Eastern Oregon’s natural environment, support the stewardship of the state’s resources and its rich history
- Tie into or enhance one of EOVA’s marketing and development pillars: Outdoor, Cultural & Heritage, Agritoursim.
- Provide strategic industry professional development and training opportunities
This grant program is anticipated to reopen for applications in early 2021. Additional updates including submission guidelines and application process will be announced in the EOVA Newsletter Click to subscribe.
The Baker County Transient Lodging Tourism Grant has historically funded events but in 2018 the committee expanded eligibility to include additional tourism development activities.
This grant program is open to individuals, businesses, or organizations in Baker
County. Applicants from outside of Baker County are not eligible to apply unless the
project provides a direct benefit to tourism or economic vitality in Baker County.
The event or tourism development activity should meet the following criteria:
- Enhance the food, retail and lodging revenues in Baker County
- Attract both demographically and geographically diverse tourists to Baker County
This grant application available online HERE. Applications should be submitted at least 60 days prior to the event or activity.
The TLT has also allocated funds to assist local tourism partners who are applying for other grants including but not limited to Travel Oregon and EOVA grants that require a local match. Application for these Local Matching Funds will be reviewed by the TLT on a case by case basis and applicants should coordinate with Travel Baker County.
Additional grants and funding resources will be posted here as they are announced