Cultural Tourism Funding Opportunities

AIANTA collects funding opportunities that may be of interest to Indigenous or Native American tourism & hospitality enterprises looking to grow their tourism, culture, heritage, arts, agritourism or other culture and heritage programming.

Open Funding Opportunities

U.S. Economic Development Administration: Travel, Tourism & Outdoor Recreation Program
Deadline: Rolling

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program
Deadline: Open

Institute of Museum and Library Services: Native Hawaiian Library Services Grant
Deadline: April 1, 2022

Community Development Financial Institutions Fund: Native Initiatives
Deadline: April 12, 2022

ANA: Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS)
Deadline: April 15, 2022

ANA: Social and Economic Development Strategies – Alaska (SEDS-AK)
Deadline: April 15, 2022

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) Grant Program
Deadline: April 19, 2022

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Rural Community Development Initiative Grants
Deadline: April 19, 2022

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) Grant Program
Deadline: April 19, 2022

NEA: Challenge America
Deadline: April 21, 2022

National Park Service: Historic Preservation Fund, Semiquincentennial Grants
Deadline: May 3, 2022

NEA Grants for Arts Projects
Deadline: July 7, 2022

The Access Fund’s Climbing Conservation Grant Program
Deadline: August 1, 2022

The Kettering Family Foundation Grants
Deadline: August 1, 2022

American Rescue Plan Act Indigenous Communities Notice of Funding Opportunity
Deadline: September 30, 2022

U.S. Economic Development Administration: Indigenous Communities Program
Deadline: September 30, 2022

Potlatch Fund for Native Communities Resilience Project
Deadline: Rolling

Successful Cultural Tourism Funding

For examples of Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism, arts and cultural heritage programs that have received funding, please view our Successful Cultural Tourism Awards document now.

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More Cultural Tourism Funding Resources

The following list of resources may provide funding support for cultural heritage tourism programming. The list includes federal grants, which are highly competitive and can often take several weeks, months and even years to build a strong proposal and compile the necessary information to apply.

 

Guides & Publications

Resources for Rural Entrepreneurs: A Guide to Planning, Adapting, and Growing Your Business

In collaboration with a robust network of federal partners, the USDA Resources for Rural Entrepreneurs guide provides resources for start-ups and already-established rural businesses. RD offers more than 40 loan, grant, and technical assistance programs to help improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. Many of these programs can also support community-based entrepreneurial planning and growth. We partner closely with community leaders and developers, local, state, and Tribal governments, cooperatives, nonprofits, private organizations, and a nationwide network of participating lenders skilled at building local economies.

Grants.gov

Grants.gov provides a unified site for interaction between grant applicants and the U.S. federal agencies that manage grant funds. The site allows applicants to search for funds by agency.

Federal Agencies

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
www.hud.gov/program_offices/public_indian_housing/ih

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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 Transportation
www.transportation.gov/grants

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

State Tourism, Arts & Economic Development Agencies

Arts.gov State and Regional Arts Councils
arts.gov/partners/state-regional

California Arts Council
arts.ca.gov/grants

California Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development
business.ca.gov

Montana Tourism Office
marketmt.com

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

New Mexico Tourism Office
newmexico.org/industry/work-together/grants/

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

 

Additional Resources

Community Foundations
www.cof.org/community-foundation-locator

The Council on Foundations, founded in 1949, is a nonprofit leadership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. Use their search tool to find local funding resources.

The Grantsmanship Center
www.tgci.com

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

Candid (formerly the Foundation Center and GuideStar)
candid.org/

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.

 

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