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County opens 2013 development grant program


Tourism grants are available for development opportunities in Clackamas County

Clackamas County Tourism Development Program grants for 2013-14 are now available.

According to Jae Heidenreich, program manager, this year’s grant funds, which are intended to enhance county tourism assets, have doubled over the last year to $200,000. All tourism grant programs are funded by a county transient room tax and are administered by the Clackamas County Tourism and Cultural Affairs Department (CCTCA) under the guidance of the Clackamas County Tourism Development Council (TDC).

The application process is open to public, private and nonprofit organizations whose projects benefit the greater public interest in tourism development. This year, tourism development grant applicants can seek a grant minimum of $5,000 and a maximum of $100,000 for a single project. Applicants are required to attend a grant application workshop. Two workshops will be offered in September for this purpose.

Successful applications will likely focus on at least one of the “three pillars” of Clackamas County tourism: outdoor recreation, agritourism or cultural/heritage tourism. Eligible projects might range from tourism-infrastructure development to employing technology to capture visitor feedback to developing new heritage experiences.

Projects building on local tourism assets and highlighting Clackamas County’s unique qualities will be of particular interest.

“We were encouraged by the caliber of projects that emerged from last year’s streamlined grant program, and are seeking leading-edge business ideas with strong commercial potential,” said Daphne Wuest, TDC board chairwoman. “We are excited to support tourism projects that inspire overnight stays and have the strength of community energy and private/public partnership to back them up.”

Pre-applications are due by Oct. 14, and the development grant application packet must be completed in its entirety no later than Nov. 18. Program overview, application packets and all details are available online at http://mthoodterritory.com/about-us/grants. Award decisions will be announced in December.