Announcing Funding Applications Due for BCTF Grant

For Immediate Release:

February 6, 2018

Information – Shannon Planchon, Project Administrator, 503-467-8599

Announcing Funding Applications Due April 16, 2018, 5:00 pm

The Bend Cultural Tourism Commission announces the launch of its FY2018 grant application programs. This year, the Commission has approved continuing the Catalyst Grant, as well as the Marketing Grant. Successful applications will demonstrate extraordinary potential for increasing Bend’s off-season “cultural tourists”. The Commission anticipates almost $200,000 for both categories.

The Commission welcomes grant applications from all types of organizations and individuals with projects that can help us meet the goal of bringing people to Bend, and supporting our local cultural activities – the priority is projects that occur in the shoulder seasons and winter months. Bring your best ideas to us! The Commission will review applications in June, with grant awards available for activities from July 1 – June 30 2019.

There is no letter of intent required, but the Commission encourages all those interested to contact us with any questions about eligibility prior to the deadline.

Technical Assistance is available by contacting our program administrator, Shannon Planchon by email: or phone:503-467-8599.

Applicants will use the same online grant application process that was implemented last year. Grant Guidelines and a link to the Online Grant application can be found here:

ABOUT THE BEND CULTURAL TOURISM FUND: The purpose of the Bend Cultural Tourism Fund is to enhance the local economy through the promotion and cultivation of Bend’s cultural tourism programs. The awarded grant funds will be used to: help attract cultural tourists during the shoulder seasons and winter months, when cultural tourism organizations are most active; diversify Bend’s tourism offerings; and build on efforts to establish Bend as a premier year-round cultural tourism destination.

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