The Bend Cultural Tourism Commission announces the sixth year of the Bend Cultural Tourism Fund with the opening of its online grant application for Cultural Tourism grants. The complete application is due April 24 at 5pm. Guidelines and instructions for both are available at visitbend.com/about-us/bend-cultural-tourism-fund/. The Commission will make its decisions in May 2020 and forward them to the Visit Bend Board for approval in June. The BCTF anticipates making around $200,000 in grant awards.
In 2019, the fund awarded ten grants, a total of $200,000, that helped local organizations leverage marketing resources to attract more cultural tourists during the shoulder seasons and winter months — a time of year when the city’s tourism industry is down yet the vibrant cultural activities so central to Bend’s character are still going strong.
The Bend Cultural Tourism Fund (BCTF) is a grant program dedicated to enhancing the local economy through the promotion and cultivation of Bend’s cultural tourism programs, with an emphasis on activities that help attract cultural tourists during the shoulder seasons and winter months.