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PLEASE NOTE: The Community Partnership Program, Development and Heritage Capital Improvement Grant Programs have been suspended until further notice. For any questions related to these programs please contact Jim Austin at jim@mthoodterritory.com.

Development Grants

2019-20 Development Grant

This grant program is part of Clackamas County Tourism’s mission to assist our local communities and organizations through effective tourism asset development. $250,000 is available for Development Grants in FY19/20. Minimum award is $5,000. The Tourism Development Council may award up to $250,000 for a project.

Development Grants are open to public, private and nonprofit organizations whose project benefits the greater public interests of tourism development. The Development Grant process, priorities and eligibility are outlined here.

A pre-application and attendance at a Development Grant Workshop is required for anyone who plans to submit an application. Workshops are available in person or by webinar. (If your organizations grant writer attended a previous Development Grant workshop, attendance is encouraged but not required). To RSVP or if you are unable to attend a scheduled workshop, please contact aaron@mthoodterritory.com.

Development Grant Application Closed

Development Grant FY19-20 Timeline

  • August 7 & 27 – Orientation (Required) Contact Aaron to RSVP or if you are unable to attend on these dates.
  • September 18 – Pre-Applications due
  • October 30 – Full Application due
  • November – Grant Advisory Panel reviews application packets Tourism Development Council (TDC) decides funding at following month’s TDC meeting.
  • December - Tourism Development Council (TDC) decides funding

Contact Aaron Liersemann 503-742-5920 with any questions.

Community Partnership Program Grants

Community Partnership Program (CPP) Grants are made available by Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory (OMHT) for tourism-related projects in local communities. On-line applications are submitted to Mt. Hood Territory. They are then forwarded to local grant review committees for consideration. Qualifying projects are those that demonstrate an ability to: 1) increase overnight stays in lodging facilities, 2) bring visitors into a community from more than 50 miles away to recreate, shop, dine or take in the arts, cultural or historic offerings, and/or 3) entice visitors to linger longer in a community within Clackamas County. The most competitive projects are those that offer the greatest potential to increase tourism* activity within the communities they are seeking funding.

Funding for this grant program comes from the County’s 6% transient lodging tax

(*) The statutory definition of tourism is “economic activity resulting from tourists.” A “tourist” is defined as “a person who, for business or pleasure, recreation or participation in events related to the arts, heritage or culture, travels from the community in which that person is a resident to a different community that is separate, distinct from and unrelated to the person’s community of residence.” It further stipulates that the travel be “more than 50 miles from their community of residence or include an overnight stay.” ORS 320.300 (6), (7) and (10)

Separate applications are required for each project, even if an applicant is submitting multiple proposals. 

If you have questions about CPP grants in your community please contact the local CPP grant administrator.

Additional Materials:

CPP Application Questions Preview

CPP Guidelines - Terms & Conditions

CPP Review Committee Worksheet 

Contact Jim Austin 503-742-5901 with any questions.

Heritage Capital Improvements Grants 

Heritage Capital Improvement Grants are intended to provide support for capital improvements, unique opportunities or unforeseen needs. Minimum grant request: $500. Maximum grant request: $20,000*.

Any County-based individual or organization with a need related to heritage AND possessing visitor-facing* (tourism) programming may apply for Heritage Capital Improvement Grant assistance. Application is made via Letter of Intent and must be accompanied by a completed Project Budget Form.

Applications for FY 19/20 will be accepted between July 1, 2019 and June 20, 2020, or until all grant funds are expended. Submit application materials to aaron@mthoodterritory.com

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* TDC has the authority to grant additional funds under unique or special circumstances.

Additional Resources

- Oregon Tourism Commission/Travel Oregon research documents

- Business Oregon

- Oregon Infrastructure Finance Authority

- Oregon Arts Commission

The Economic and Community Development Department has business development officers (BDO’s) located throughout the state. Your BDO is the most knowledgeable person in your area for information on potential grants and economic assistance. A list of the BDO's is available through the Oregon Economic & Community Development Department website.

Grant Writing Workshop presented by The Grant Training Center.

Click here for a PDF copy of additional Grant Sources.

Development Grants

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