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Tourism Industry Update
Speed Week, Bonneville Salt Flats | Photo: Matt Morgan

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UOT Destination Development Grants

Starting November 15, the Utah Office of Tourism will begin accepting applications for matching funds for its destination management programs. With three planning options designed to assist participants in becoming viable, welcoming and high-quality destinations for tourism, communities of all sizes and experiences can benefit from the professional assistance offered through the grants.

The programs include:

  • Community Assessment: Total Cost $25,000, 2-5 day assessment
  • Strategy and Implementation Plan: Total Cost $40,000, 3 month duration
  • Brand and Marketing Strategy: Total Cost $25,000, 6-month duration

Eligible applicants include counties, municipalities, Native American tribes and destination marketing organizations. Joint applications between two or more eligible entities are encouraged. In the case of joint applications, each eligible entity must comply with and meet application requirements. Applications will be accepted starting on November 15 until December 31, 2021.

Learn more and apply here. If you have any questions, please contact Flint Timmins at 801-538-1394 or fdtimmins@utah.gov.

Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant Workshops

Join Utah's Office of Outdoor Recreation and State Parks for a FREE grant workshop to help fund outdoor recreation amenities near you!

The Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation (OOR) offers unique grant opportunities to local governments and nonprofits, including the Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant (UORG) and the Recreation Restoration Infrastructure Grant (RRI). Utah State Parks offers the Recreation Trails Program (RTP) and the OHV Fiscal Incentive Grant (FIG).

OOR will walk you through the process to help you create a compelling project submission and will share what's new for the 2022 grant season. Register for a workshop near you here.

EDA Tourism Grants

As part of it’s ARPA assistance package, the Economic Development Administration has announced the Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Grant. This is a versatile grant that can be used by local governments, tribes, DMOs, universities, and other tourism-oriented not-for-profit organizations to develop and implement projects that support jobs, professional development and training, and infrastructure in the tourism industry. This could include construction projects, planning and technical assistance, and workforce development. 
 
The EDA recommends that applications to the Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Grant be submitted by January 31, 2022. If you have any questions about the grant, wish to discuss potential projects, or would like assistance writing your grant, please reach out to Flint Timmins (fdtimmins@utah.gov, 801-538-1394) in our office.

EPA Recreation Economy Grants

Is your community interested in growing your outdoor recreation economy and revitalizing your Main Street? EPA’s Office of Community Revitalization, the USDA Forest Service, and the Northern Border Regional Commission invite you to apply for Recreation Economy for Rural Communities (RERC) planning assistance. Partner communities will work with a planning team to identify strategies to grow their local outdoor recreation economy, strengthen their downtown, and conserve and sustainably use forests and other natural assets.
 
Past RERC projects have included improving access to trails and nearby natural attractions, promoting outdoor-oriented businesses, expanding lodging and other services for visitors, supporting economic growth and amenities in downtowns, and ensuring that residents and visitors from all backgrounds can access and benefit from outdoor recreation opportunities.
 
Any community in the United States can apply, and the application deadline is November 22, 2021. To learn more about the program, to register for the informational webinar, and to apply, visit: https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/recreation-economy-rural-communities

UDOT Technical Planning Assistance

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is issuing a call for applications for its Technical Planning Assistance (TPA) program. The purpose of this program is to provide technical assistance to communities that are experiencing rapid growth and/or lack the resources to carry out planning projects without additional support. It is anticipated that $900,000 in technical planning assistance funding will be available for fiscal year 2023 (July 2022 - June 2023). A municipal match is required but can be waived under certain circumstances.
 
It is strongly recommended that you coordinate with the applicable UDOT Region Planning Manager for your area before submitting your application. Doing so will allow them to provide helpful feedback to strengthen your application
 
Applications are due December 9, 2021. Late applications will not be considered. If you have questions or run into technical difficulties during the application process, please contact Jordan Backman, Urban Planning Manager, at 253-508-2383 or jbackman@utah.gov.

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