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

DOT/FHWA: Development Deployment of Innovative Technologies for Concrete Pavements     

Deadline: May 20, 2024

Tourism Tip: Use innovative technologies relating to the design, production, testing, control, construction, investigation, operation and impacts of concrete pavements.

MAP Round 2 2024 Request for Proposals (RFP)

Deadline: May 20, 2024

Tourism Tip:  Create lasting change to activities on National Forest System lands or adjacent public lands.

Rural Development Broadband ReConnect Program

Deadline: May 21, 2024

Tourism Tip: Use loans or grant funds for costs of construction, improvement or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service.

National Endowment for the Humanities: Cultural and Community Resilience

Deadline: May 22, 2024

Tourism Tip: Address the impacts of climate change by safeguarding cultural resources and fostering cultural resilience through identifying, documenting and/or collecting cultural heritage and community experiences. 

First Nations Development Institute Advancing Tribal Nature-Based Solutions

Deadline: May, 22, 2024

Tourism Tip: to support climate action through nature-based solutions based on Native knowledge.

 Western SARE: Research and Education Invitation for Proposal

Deadline: May 23, 2024

Tourism Tip: Develop a project incorporating research and education that brings together a team of researchers, students, ag professionals and producers. 

Natural Resources Conservation Service Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative

Deadline: May 26, 2024

Tourism Tip: Develop a more strategic and comprehensive approach to support grazing systems, reach underserved producers and address climate change.

NPS Historic Preservation Fund Tribal Historic Preservation Office Grants

Deadline: May 30, 2024

Tourism Tip: Preserve historic properties and cultural traditions through the designation of a Tribal Historic Preservation Office or annual THPO grant funding.

Clean Energy Technology Deployment on Tribal Lands 

Deadline: May 30, 2024

Tourism Tip: Install clean energy technology and/or energy efficiency measures on Tribal lands.

 Newman’s Own Foundation: Food Justice for Kids Prize – Indigenous Food Justice

Deadline: May 30, 2024

Tourism Tip: Reclaim traditional food practices and systems to enable Indigenous children to learn about, grow, gather and cook Native foods. 

USDA Rural Cooperative Development Grants

Deadline: May 31, 2024

Tourism Tip Start, improve or expand rural cooperatives and other mutually-owned businesses to help improve economic conditions in rural areas.

Union Pacific Foundation Community Ties Giving Program: Local Grants

Deadline: May 31, 2024

Tourism Tip: Create, sustain or expand artistic and cultural experiences, provide recreational opportunities or preserve and restore nature along the UP footprint.

NEH Public Impact Projects at Smaller Organizations (PIPSO)

Deadline: June 12, 2024 (anticipated)

Tourism Tip: Use interpretive strategies to advance your public programming, strengthen interpretive skill sets or enhance community engagement.

DOE Clean Energy to Communities 

Deadline: June 14, 2024 (anticipated)

Tourism Tip: Help your community understand different institutional contexts, resources, challenges, opportunities and ambitions to implement clean energy.

USFS Tribal Wildlife Grant Program

Deadline: June 21, 2024

Tourism TipUse for planning or managing programs to benefit wildlife and their habitat, especially those with cultural or traditional importance. Funding can also be used for mapping, surveys and public education.

National Forest Foundation Matching Awards Program

Deadline: June 21, 2024

Tourism Tip: Provide opportunities for your community to benefit from activities on National Forest System lands or adjacent public lands. 

Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Deadline: June 21, 2024

Tourism Tip: Focus on economic mobility in small businesses and support for community arts and cultural institutions.

USDA Rural Energy for America Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans & Grants

Deadlines: June 30, and September 30, 2024

Tourism Tip: Use guaranteed loan financing or grant funding for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.

National Credit Union Administration Community Development Revolving Loan Fund

Deadline: July 1, 2024

Tourism Tip: Use loans and technical assistance grants to help your credit union support the communities and tourism enterprises they operate. 

NEA Grants for Arts – Part II

Deadline: July 11, 2024

Tourism Tip: Use the funds to assist with art projects that tell the story of your place and culture. Grants are available for arts projects in a variety of artistic disciplines.

National Forest Foundation’s Collaborative Capacity Program for Forests & Communities

Deadline: July 11, 2024

Tourism Tip: Support collaboration-based activities to benefit forests and grasslands currently managed by the US Forest Service through the National Forest System. 

NPS Cultural Resources Management Services

Deadline: July 15, 2024

Tourism Tip: Work in partnership with the NPS to conduct various activities, including, but not limited to, studies outlined in the NPS Cultural Resource Management Guidelines.

VIA Art Fund Artistic Production Grants

Deadline: July 18, 2024

Tourism Tip: Awards to individual artists, nonprofit organizations or institutions to support new artistic commissions outside museum or gallery walls, within the public realm or in nontraditional exhibition environments.

O’Reilly Automotive Foundation Inc.

Deadline: July 31, 2024

Tourism Tip: In communities with O’Reilly Auto Parts companies, create a project that addresses economic stability in your tourism programs.

NEA Our Town Grants

Deadline: August 1, 2024

Tourism Tip: Develop a placemaking project that integrates arts, culture, and design activities to strengthen communities over the long term. 

America Walks: Community Change Grants  

Deadline: October 17, 2024

Tourism Tip: Use funds to create change and walking opportunities within your community.

NDN Collective Community Action Fund

Deadline: October 31, 2024

Tourism Tip: Support climate disaster response efforts to climate disasters such as flooding, fires and earthquakes. 

Western SARE Professional Development Program

Deadline: November 1, 2024

Tourism Tip: Engage professionals to conduct educational programs and activities that incorporate environmental, economic and social dimensions of agriculture. 

 

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Guides & Publications

USDA Resource Guide for American Indians and Alaska Natives

The USDA recently published a Resource Guide for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) to provide tribal leaders and tribal citizens, 1994 Land-Grant Tribal Colleges and Universities, AI/AN businesses and non-governmental organizations serving AI/AN communities with a tool for navigating USDA resources. This guide provides readers with a comprehensive summary of USDA Programs. 

Recreation Economy at USDA Economic Development Resources for Rural Communities

USDA’s Forest Service (FS), Rural Development (RD) and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) developed this resource guide for rural communities to identify resources that develop the recreation economy. The report forecasts that interest in outdoor recreation will continue over the next 30 years.

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

In 2022, in collaboration with a 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. USDA partners 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.

Stronger Together, Federal funding and planning strategies designed to promote sustainable economic development in rural America

In 2022, the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA RD) published Stronger Together a joint planning resource guide to help community organizations access USDA and EDA resources to build strategies to boost economic development in rural America. The guide is separated into four key focus areas: Planning and technical assistance, Infrastructure and broadband expansion, Entrepreneurship and business assistance and Workforce development and livability.

Federal Resources for Native Arts & Cultural Activities

In 2020, the National Endowment for the Arts published the Federal Resources for Native Arts & Cultural Activities, a guide providing information to connect Native communities to resources that can sustain and invigorate arts and cultural heritage initiatives. It is a consolidation of opportunities offered by federal agencies for organizations looking for funding and other resources to support Native arts and culture activities.

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

Nevada Arts Council: Folklife Community Grant
nvartscouncil.org/grants

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

Oregon Tourrism
traveloregon.com/grants

 

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.

 

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

Native American Agriculture Fund

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail

Bureau of Land Management

National Endowment of the Arts

National Park Service

United States Forest Service