Funding for Cultural Tourism


The following list of resources was compiled to find funding for programs that support or can build capacity for cultural tourism. The list includes federal grants, which are highly competitive. It usually takes several weeks, months and even years to build a strong proposal and gather all of the necessary information.

We’ve compiled some examples of programs that have received funding to help navigate these resources. Click here to download the examples from our last webinar.

AIANTA also publishes a funding opportunities newsletter. Click here to view them or sign up for the latest funding opportunities.


Resources to help Find Resources

Use the following search engines to locate funding resources and information about funders:

  • Community Foundations
2121 Crystal Drive, Suite 700, Arlington, VA 22202
Council on Foundations, founded in 1949, is a nonprofit leadership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations.

  • The Grantsmanship Center
Offers training, publications and consulting to help organizations find funding. Provides free access to its Funding State-by-State database with each state’s top grantmaking foundations, community foundations, corporate giving programs and State website homepages.

  • Candid (formerly the Foundation Center and GuideStar)
Candid is an online source for grants available through private foundations, corporate foundations, and other nonprofits that accept grant proposals. It also provides research on nonprofits and guides, like the 990 Finder.


State Tourism & Economic Development Offices

Contact your local state tourism and economic development offices and see what is available. Here are some examples:

New Mexico Tourism Office

    • Cooperative Marketing Grant Program
    • Tourism Development Grant Program
    • Clean & Beautiful

Montana Tourism Office

      • Tribal Business Planning Grant
      • Indian Equity Fund
      • Indian Country Region/Tribal Tourism

Provides a unified site for interaction between grant applicants and the U.S. Federal agencies that manage grant funds. Allows applicants to search for funds by agency. Federal Agencies that provide funding:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Administration for Native Americans (ANA)
    Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS)
    Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
    Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD)

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS)

U.S. Department of Interior

U.S. Department of Transportation

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)