Destination Management Strategic Funding Grants

Travel Portland has been carefully monitoring all developments in relation to COVID-19 and the unprecedented impact it is having on the tourism and hospitality industry.  With that in mind, after much reflection and consideration, we must regrettably pause awarding our Destination Management Strategic Funding grants until the full impact of COVID-19 is known.

We award funding to groups that enhance the local visitor experience through tourism development, placemaking, events and festivals.

Available Funds

In 2020, the following funds will be available: 

Area of SupportAmount Available
Tourism Development  $100,000 (up to $50,000 each) 
Festivals & Events: Capacity-building  $60,000 ($10,000–$25,000 each) 
Multicultural Heritage $20,000 ($5,000 each) 
Neighborhood Placemaking  $20,000 ($5,000 each) — distributed through Venture Portland

Travel Portland seeks to responsibly and sustainably develop, build on and share experiences that both enhance visits and enrich life for locals — giving them audiences, appreciators and consumers for their original ideas and their works, and making their leisure more enjoyable and their city more livable.

Travel Portland Tourism Master Plan, 2018

Important Dates

The application window for the FY 2020 has closed. Please check back for more information on the next grant cycle.

Application Period OpensThursday, Jan. 9, 2020
Application Period ClosesFriday, Feb. 14, 2020
Awards AnnouncedTuesday, March 31, 2020

Grant Handbook

Review the handbook for additional information about award criteria and eligibility requirements for each of the available grants. Download the handbook here.

For questions about the grant program or the application process, email