North Dakota Tourism Grants

Marketing and Event Grants

The Marketing Grant Program has funds available for individual businesses, communities and tourism marketing organizations wanting to promote North Dakota tourism-related programs or projects for the 2016 season.

The Events Grant Program has funds available for communities, and event promoters wanting to regionally promote their 2016 tourism-related event. 

Applications for 2016 are due by Friday September 4, 2015. If you have questions, please contact Dean Ihla, Tourism Development Manager, at 328-3505 or

Additional Information 


2016 Marketing Grant Guidelines
2016 Marketing Grant Application

2016 Event Grant Guidelines
2016 Events Matched Grant Application

Tourism Large Infrastructure Grant

The 2015 legislative session appropriated $750,000 in funding to the Department of Commerce Tourism Division to be granted to one or more new tourism attractions that can bring more visitors to North Dakota.  The intent is to fund new tourism operations capable of attracting visitors from outside of North Dakota for a least one overnight stay.  New attractions funded would help give the state another experience to deliver on the Legendary brand promise the division uses in marketing the state.  All application materials for this program must be received at the Tourism Division office no later than Thursday, October 1, 2015.  

Tourism Infrastructure Grant Guidelines
Tourism Infrastructure Grant Application

Expansion Grants

Tourism Expansion Grants are matching grants requiring the sponsor to provide $1 for every $1 of grant money being requested. The total amount of grant dollars awarded for this program is $100,000 with individual grant amounts ranging from $5,000 to $24,000.  Funds may be used to build or expand tourism and recreation attractions.  The attraction must have the ability to attract a visitor 50 miles one-way and retain a visitor for at least three hours. 

Applications for the next round of Expansion Grants will be available here by November 1, 2015 with a due date prior to April 15, 2016.