Sixteen North Dakota tourism entities awarded marketing funds

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Bismarck, N.D. - Sixteen 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 the promotion of regional events and for specific tourism marketing plans. A total of $67,275 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 2015 tourism-related event, include:

  • Devils Lake Park Board for the North Dakota State Pond Hockey Championship
  • United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, for expanded marketing of the United Tribes International Powwow
  • Velva Association of Commerce for the Midsummer Nights Jam and Little Redneck Ribfest
  • Legendary Adventures New Discoveries, Watford City, for the Badlands Gravel Battle 100 bike race
  • Hazen Chamber of Commerce for their Oktoberfest Celebration
  • Horse Race North Dakota, Fargo for the Indian Horse Relays
  • Coteau des Prairies Lodge, Rutland for the Tewaukon Music Festival


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:

  • Elgin Community Betterment for a Grant County Tourism Brochure
  • Harvey Convention and Visitors Bureau for Harvey Tourism Marketing
  • Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, Washburn, for Interpretive Programing Promotion
  • Coteau des Prairies Lodge, Rutland for expansion of their social media marketing
  • J Greg Smith Inc for Exploring the Lewis and Clark Trail multi-state marketing plan
  • DinnerTies LLC, Fargo, for marketing their web-based company matching the traveling public with local hosts.
  • Pioneer Trails Regional Museum, Bowman, for creation and distribution of their museum brochure
  •, West Fargo, for creation and marketing of “Prairie People Prairie Places”
  • Snowmobile North Dakota for marketing of a new online automated trail report

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].

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