Tourism Grant Program
Montana Department of Commerce
The Tourism Grant Program awards funds to projects that strengthen Montana’s economy through the development and enhancement of the State’s tourism and recreation industry. Funds are awarded annually to projects that develop and enhance tourism and recreation products that have the potential to increase non-resident visitation.
The Tourism Grant Program is funded by the 4% Lodging Facility Use Tax; commonly known as the “Bed Tax”. Enacted by the 1987 Legislature, the Bed Tax is collected from guests of hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, guest ranches, resorts, short-term vacation rentals, and campgrounds. Distribution of the 4% collected funds is determined by statute and can be found on the Montana Tourism Fast Facts Tourism Funding and Revenue guide.
Of the collected bed tax distributed to the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development, approximately $750,000 is awarded to projects in an annual cycle through the Tourism Grant Program.