Eighteen North Dakota tourism entities awarded marketing funds

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Bismarck, N.D. - Eighteen North Dakota tourism entities are able to expand their marketing efforts thanks to two grant programs from the North Dakota Department of Commerce, Tourism Division.

The Events Marketing Grant Program and Marketing Grant Program each provide a maximum of $5,000 in matching funds for promotion of regional events and for specific tourism marketing plans. A total of $74,800 was awarded between the two programs.

Recipients of the Event Marketing Grant Program, which provides funds to communities and event promoters wanting to regionally promote their 2014 tourism-related event, include:

  • Devils Lake Park Board for the North Dakota State Pond Hockey Championship
  • MainStreams LLC, Anamoose, for German and Scandinavian Heritage Days
  • Burke County Fair Association for the cross-border promotion of their annual event
  • Legendary Adventures New Discoveries, Medora, for the Maah Daah Hey 100 bike race
  • Williston CVB for the North Dakota Chokecherry Festival
  • Elgin Community Betterment for the 100-mile Highway 21 Treasure Hunt
  • Snowmobile North Dakota for the 2014 International Ride
  • Maah Daah Hey Trail Association for the Maah Daah Hey Trail Extension Grand Opening
  • Old Red Old Ten Scenic Byway for the nine-community Old Red Trail Rummage Sale
  • Extreme North Dakota Adventures for the 2014 North American Adventure Race Championship

Recipients of the Marketing Grant Program, which provides funds to develop marketing materials to promote an experience, activity or place unique to North Dakota, are:

  • Kickstands Up for the North Dakota Motorcycle map and website
  • Indian Hills Resort and Campground, Garrison, for a website upgrade
  • Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, Washburn, for participation in the multi-state “Welcome to Lewis and Clark Country” marketing project
  • Dakota Carriage Company, Leonard, for a marketing campaign
  • Weninger Ranch, Sentinel Butte, for new guest ranch marketing
  • Cannonball Company, Regent, for an out-of-state airport advertising campaign
  • Sheyenne Oaks Horse Camp, Leonard, for directional signage
  • Extreme North Dakota Adventure Racing, Grand Forks, for a national marketing campaign

Grant recipients will receive 25 percent of the grant money upfront with the remaining 75 percent paid following the completed event or marketing project.

For more information on tourism grants, contact Dean Ihla with North Dakota Tourism at 701-328-3505 or [email protected].Follow North Dakota Tourism on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TravelND or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/NorthDakota and get tips on what to see and do all year long.