Seven tourism entities awarded tourism expansion grants

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Bismarck, N.D. – Seven North Dakota tourism entities received 2013 Tourism Expansion Grants from the North Dakota Department of Commerce, Tourism Division. These grants support new or expanding tourism or recreation facilities by providing funding for infrastructure projects.

Created in 2007, 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, remodel or expand tourism and recreation attractions, and historic sites.  The attraction must have the ability to attract a visitor 50 miles one-way and retain a visitor for at least three hours.

Recipients of the 2013 Expansion Grants are:

  • Artspace, Minot, for tourism-related programming through a partnership with the Turtle Mountain Tribal Arts Association and the Minot Area Council of the Arts in the new Artspace Building in downtown Minot.
  • Birding Drives Dakota, Carrington, for directional signage and trailhead kiosks on the self-guided birding trail between Carrington and Jamestown.
  • Rolling Plains Adventures, Sterling, for a guest K9 facility and staff housing at Black Leg Ranch.
  • Ground Up Adventures, Grand Forks, to establish a seasonally-permanent structure on the Red River to serve as a facility for canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard rentals. Water activity instructions will also be based at the facility.
  • Dunn County Fair Association, Killdeer, for the Plaza of Western Cultures visitor center on the Killdeer Mountain/Four Bears Scenic Byway.
  • Bonanzaville USA, West Fargo, for the Rotating Exhibit Gallery in the new Lucien Barnes Pavilion.
  • Sakakawea Sunset Lodge, Riverdale, for landscaping and “Welcome to Lake Sakakawea” sign as part of their new lodging facility. 


More details about the grant programs can be found at:

As one of North Dakota’s leading industries, tourism attracts visitors to the state’s 646 attractions, 357 events and festivals, and 886 hotels. In addition, more than 33,000 jobs in North Dakota are attributed to this robust industry.