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.
Eighth Generation, the first Native-owned company to offer wool blankets, has launched its Third Wool Blanket Design Contest.
With nearly $30K in prizes over three prize categories, this is Eight Generations’ Biggest Contest ever.
Categories include: Warrior Blanket (to honor the people who sacrifice for their way of life); Elder Blanket (to honor those who laid the groundwork for future generations); and People’s Choice Blanket (designed by a community-engaged artist).
Deadline to Apply: July 6, 2021
Open Funding Opportunities
- The National Forest Foundation Matching Awards Program provides funding for on-the-ground, results-oriented projects designed to enhance forest health and outdoor experiences in national forests and grasslands.
Tourism Tip: This opportunity can help fund outdoor-based tourism attractions.
- The National Endowment for the Arts is accepting applications for grants that support projects that use the arts to unite and heal in response to current events; celebrate creativity and cultural heritage; invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values; and enrich humanity.
Tourism Tip: This opportunity is great for funding cultural arts projects and language preservation programs.
- The Aaron Copland Fund for Music is now accepting applications for the 2021 Performance Program. This program works to support performing and presenting organizations whose artistic excellence encourages and improves public knowledge and appreciation of serious contemporary American music.
Tourism Tip: This fund can help support projects providing public knowledge of cultural and Indigenous music.
- The Wildhorse Foundation makes grants to eligible organizations in their homeland area, which includes Morrow, Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa counties in Oregon and Benton, Columbia, and Walla Walla counties in Washington, along with Native American organizations in the greater Pacific Northwest.
Tourism Tip: This opportunity is perfect for funding arts, cultural activities and educational projects at your tourism enterprises.
- New Earth Foundation invites applications for innovative projects with the potential to enhance life on the planet and brighten the future, furthering peace.
Tourism Tip: This opportunity can help support educational innovations that prepare youth to become the socially responsible leaders of the future and strategies that offer economic improvement and opportunities.
- The Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (OIED), through its Native American Business Development Institute (NABDI) grant, is soliciting proposals from tribes for technical assistance funding to hire consultants to perform feasibility studies of economic development opportunities.
Tourism Tip: Use this opportunity to hire a consultant to develop a tourism enterprise to help your community’s economy.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is requesting applications for the 2021 Regional Food System Partnerships (RFSP) grant program.
Tourism Tip: Use this grant to help fund your agritourism business.
- The USDA Rural Development’s Business & Industry (B&I) CARES Act Program is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural agriculture businesses meet their working capital needs.
Tourism Tip: This opportunity can help any rural agritourism business struggling to meet working capital needs.
- The National Historic Publications & Records Commission NHPRC is accepting applications to fund projects that will significantly improve online public discovery and use of historical records collections. The Commission encourages projects centered on collections of America’s early legal records, such as the records of colonial, territorial, county, and early statehood and tribal proceedings that document the evolution of the nation’s legal history.
Tourism Tip: This fund can help support document historical document findings for your museum or cultural center.
Contests & Awards
- The Standing Bear Prize for Courage is a project of the Chief Standing Bear Project Inc. The Purpose of the Corporation is to promote the life and civil rights legacy of Chief Standing Bear, a Native American of the Ponca Tribe, by presenting public discussion groups, forums, lectures and other events, and annually recognizing with a cash award a person who exemplifies courage in the spirit of Standing Bear.
Deadline: July 12, 2021
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.
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.
U.S. Department of Interior
- Bureau of Indian Affairs
- National Park Service
- Fish and Wildlife Service
- Bureau of Land Management
- Bureau of Reclamation
Bureau of Indian Affairs (U.S. Department of Interior)
- Bureau of Indian Affairs
- Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development
- Division of Transportation
- Division of Economic Development
National Park Service (Department of Interior)
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)
- Business & Industry Loan Guarantees
- Community Connect Grants
- Rural Business Investment Program
- Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant Program
- Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program
- Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant
- Strategic Economic and Community Development
- Value-Added Producer Grants
- U.S. Forest Service (trail construction, archaeology)
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
- Our Town ($25,000 – $200,000)
- Challenge America ($10,000 underserved populations)
- Art Works ($10,000 – $100,000)
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
- Division of Preservation and Access
- Documenting Endangered Languages
- Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
- Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
- Office of Challenge Programs
Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS)
- Native American Library Services: Basic Grants
- Native American Library Services: Enhancement Grants
- Native Hawaiian Library Services Grants
- Museums for America
- Inspire! Grants for Small Museums
- Museums Empowered
- National Leadership Grants for Museums
- Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
- Museum Assessment Program
- Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries
U.S. Department of Transportation
- Office of Infrastructure Finance and Innovation
- National Scenic Byways Program
- Office of Tribal Transportation
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
State Tourism, Arts & Economic Development Agencies
Arts.gov State and Regional Arts Councils
California Arts Council
California Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development
Montana Tourism Office
- Indian Country Region/Tribal
- Tourism Tribal Business Planning Grant
- Indian Equity Fund
New Mexico Tourism Office
- Tourism Development Grant Program
- Clean & Beautiful Cooperative
- Marketing Grant Program
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
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 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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