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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

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) 

Projects should:

  • align with the goals and priorities outlined in Clackamas County Tourism and Cultural Affair’s (CCTCA) Business and Master Plans
  • align with the community’s current Tourism Action Plan;
  • have an ability to demonstrate a return on investment or offer measureable performance, and
  • have the potential to become significant and self-sustaining.

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.

Additional Materials:

Review Committee Worksheet

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 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.