Currently, Clackamas County Tourism & Cultural Affairs (CCTCA) offers three different grant programs, the Tourism Development Grant, Heritage Capital Improvements, and the Community Partnership Programs.
The deadline for application submission is: March 6, 2017
The Community Partnership Program (CPP) is offered through Clackamas County Tourism & Cultural Affairs (CCTCA) to provide funding for tourism-related projects that have the 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 communities within Clackamas County. Funding for this program comes from the County’s 6% transient room tax.
The statutory definition of tourism is "economic activity resulting from tourists." A "tourist" is further 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.
Click here to access the on-line application. More information about this grant program can be found on the application page.
Contact Jim Austin 503-742-5901 with any questions.
2017-18 Development Grant Forms will be available late Spring 2017
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.
A pre-application and attendance at a Development Grant Workshop is required for anyone who plans to submit an application.
Contact Samara Phelps 503-742-5910 with any questions.
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, 2016 and June 20, 2017, 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.
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.