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Community Partnership Program Grants | Development Grants | Heritage Capital Improvement Grants

Currently, Clackamas County Tourism & Cultural Affairs (CCTCA) offers three different grant programs, the Tourism Development Grant, Heritage Capital Improvements, and the Community Partnership Programs.

Community Partnership Program Grants

Deadline Extensions! (for some communities) 

Several communities have extended the application deadline for CPP Grants. Below the complete list. One quick note, if you are applying for funds for a project from multiple communities your application deadline will be the earliest one listed. As an example; if you have a project where you’ll be applying for funds from Canby, Oregon City, West Linn and Wilsonville, your deadline would be Monday, March 5th @ 5:00pm.  

Canby – Mon., March 26th @ 5:00pm
Estacada – Mon., March 12th @ 5:00pm
Government Camp - Monday, Mar. 5th @ 5:00pm
Happy Valley - Mon., March 26th @ 5:00pm
Lake Oswego - Mon., March 26th @ 5:00pm
Milwaukie - Mon., March 26th @ 5:00pm
Molalla - Mon., March 26th @ 5:00pm

North Clackamas - Mon., March 26th @ 5:00pm
Oregon City - Mon., March 26th @ 5:00pm
Sandy - Mon., March 26th @ 5:00pm
Villages of Mt. Hood – Mon., March 12th @ 5:00pm
West Linn – Mon., March 12th @ 5:00pm
Wilsonville – Mon., March 5th @ 5:00pm

Max Request:  $20,000 per community                                 Minimum Request: $250

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 Question Preview

Review Committee Worksheet

Program Overview

Terms and Conditions

CPP Reporting Question Preview

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

Development Grants

2017-18 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. In 2016-17, the Tourism Development Council increased the amount allocated for Development Grants to $250,000 (minimum award level $5,000, maximum award level $100,000).

Development Grants are open to public, private and nonprofit organizations whose project benefits the greater public interests of tourism development. Grant monies will not be awarded to projects that emphasize private profitability and / or one where the investment could be considered a regular cost of doing business. Eligibility criteria can be found in the application packet, including budget worksheet.

A pre-application and attendance at a Development Grant Workshop is required for anyone who plans to submit an application.

ONLINE APPLICATION - Please remember that you may access and change your application up until the end of day on October 12, 2017

Would you like to preview the application questions? PREVIEW QUESTIONS

Development Grant FY17-18 Timeline

  • June 21st and 27th – Orientation (Required) Contact Samara to RSVP or if you are unable to attend on these dates.
  • August 3rd – Pre-Applications due to Tourism 
  • October 12th – Full Application packets due
  • November 2017 – Grant Advisory Panel reviews application packets; Recommendations made to Tourism Development Council at following month’s TDC meeting.

Contact Samara Phelps 503-742-5910 with any questions.

Heritage Capital Improvements Grants 

Heritage Capital Improvement Grants are intended to provide support for capital improvements, unique opportunities or unforeseen needs. 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. Please take this Visitor Readiness Survey to assess your organization's strength and weaknesses based on this nationally-accepted Visitor Ready criteria. Application is made via Letter of Intent and must be accompanied by a completed budget sheet.

Applications for FY 17/18 will be accepted between July 1, 2017 and June 20, 2018, or until all grant funds are expended. The Heritage Capital Improvement Grants are offered as a pilot program and is subject to Board discretion and annual review. Minimum grant request: $500. Maximum grant request: $20,000*.  

Applications for FY 17/18 will available in July 2017.

* TDC has the authority to grant additonal 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.

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