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
First Peoples Fund is partnering with Native artists and culture bearers to strengthen their business skills and to ensure that art, culture and ancestral knowledge are passed from one generation to the next. 20 to 25 artists will be selected for the one-year fellowship programs. Fellows will receive: a $5,000 – $10,000 project grant, technical support and professional training to start or grow an arts business and to expand their work in their communities.Deadline: September 6, 2021Tourism Tip: Use this fellowship grant to start or grow an art business and help pass down culture through generations.
The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is accepting applications for the USArtists International program. USAI supports performances by U.S. artists at impactful international festivals and performing arts marketplaces outside the United States and its territories.Deadline: September 9 & December 1, 2021Tourism Tip: This grant can help fund performing arts programs to showcase your culture nationally and internationally.
First Nations is now accepting applications under their Stewarding Native Lands (SNL) program. First Nations expects to award 10 grants averaging $25,000 to $30,000 each to organizations in Native communities in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana, that are growing and/or expanding programs that support sustainable economic opportunities and preserve native grasslands.Deadline: September 14, 2021Tourism Tip: This grant can help fund sustainable agritourism that preserves Native grasslands and
boosts local economies.
The Zellerbach Family Foundation invites applications for its Community Arts COVID Response Grants program, through which general operating support grants will be awarded to arts and culture organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco counties that have suffered revenue loss due to the closure of venues and cancellation of events because of COVID-19.Deadline: September 20, 2021Tourism Tip: This grant can be used to revive arts and culture organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
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.Deadline: September 15, 2021Tourism Tip: This opportunity can help any rural agritourism businesses struggling to meet working capital needs.
First Nations will award 20 to 25 $1,000 to $1,500 scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic school year to Native college students majoring in agriculture and agriculture-related fields.Deadline: September 30, 2021
Tourism Tip: Use this scholarship to help fund your education in an agriculture related field to start an agritourism business.
Endangered Language Fund provides grants for eligible tribes and languages through the Native Voices Endowment: A Lewis & Clark Expedition Bicentennial Legacy. Grants are available for work on documentation and revitalization of the languages of these tribes.Deadline: October 1, 2021
Tourism Tip: Use this grant to revitalize your Tribe’s Native language.
The National Historic Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) is accepting applications to fund projects that will significantly improve online public discovery and the 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.Deadline: October 6, 21Tourism Tip: This fund can help support the growth of historical document collections for your museum or cultural center.
Through the Travel, Tourism & Outdoor Recreation program, EDA is focused on accelerating the recovery of communities that rely on the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation sectors.Deadline: March 15, 2022Tourism Tip: Use this grant to recover your tourism-centered economy.
Through the Indigenous Communities program, EDA is allocating $100 million in American Rescue Plan funding specifically for Indigenous communities, which were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.Deadline: March 22, 2022Tourism Tip: Use this grant to revive your community from the impact of COVID-19.
The Potlatch Fund aims to build on the Native tradition of giving by increasing philanthropy for and among Tribal communities through grants and empowering community leaders with the tools they need to succeed through training.Deadline: RollingTourism Tip: Use this grant to support your training to increase philanthropy initiatives in your community.
Contests & Awards
Successful Cultural Tourism Funding
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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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