Economic Impact and Destination Event Grant Program

The Economic Impact and Destination Event Grant Program is a state-funded opportunity authorized by the 2023 Montana Legislature’s enactment of Senate Bill 540. The purpose of the Event Grants is to assist Montana’s communities with Destination Events and new Events that will increase tourism (including regional, national, and international visitors), promote Montana's unique attributes, and generate additional community revenue. 


Resources for Grantees:

  • The Request for Funds Template is required to be filled out upon completion of event and submitted in conjunction with the Final Event Report.
  • The Final Event Report is required to be filled out upon completion of event and submitted in conjunction with the Request for Funds.


Event Grant Toolkit:

  • Non-profit organizations should consider creating a free Canva Pro Account to aid your organizations in successfully reaching its marketing and advertising goals.
  • Eventbrite provides tips and guides to help elevate events - search by event ideas, management, marketing, planning, or simply how to get started.
  • Reference the Event Checklist and Production Process list to help guide your event one step at a time.
  • Consider the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research for survey kits for a data-driven approach to measure success.
  • Visit the Department of Commerce Tourism Research webpage to explore tourism spending from credit and debit card information in the state of Montana.
  • Pick up a safety tip or two for your upcoming event by reviewing the Event Safety Guide.


This funding opportunity is currently closed, however, feel free to read the Economic Impact and Destination Event Grant Guidelines below to stay fully informed for future funding cycles. 

Resources for Applicants:

  • Please refer to the Economic Impact and Destination Event Grant Guidelines for an introduction to the Event Grant, eligibility, and the application process.
  • For reference only see the Event Grant FAQs to find quick answers to questions about the funding. 
  • The Event Grant Budget Template is required to be uploaded in the application for consideration of funding.
  • Refer to the Event Grant Budget Example to help in building the budget for the event.
  • Refer to the Montana Grants and Loans Step-by-Step instructions to create a ServiceNow account for access to the online application. For technical issues creating an account please call the IT Help Desk at 406-444-2000.


Awarded Event Calendar

The World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale 5/4

49th Bigfork Whitewater Festival 5/24

Darby Xtreme Bareback Competition 6/1

Montana Renaissance Festival 6/1

Rock'n On The Corner in Prairie Country 6/14

8th Annual Red Lodge Songwriter Festival 6/20

Music in the Mountains in Big Sky 6/20

The Old Salt Festival 6/21

Fort Benton's Summer Celebration 6/28

2024 Beyond the Big Sky 6/28

The Annual Northern Cheyenne Chiefs Powwow Celebration 7/4

The Roosevelt Center Summer Concert Series 7/5

Wild Horse Stampede & Wild Horse Ranch Rodeo 7/10

Montana Folk Festival 7/12

The East Helena Valley Rodeo 7/12

Naturally 7 Concert at the Daly Mansion 7/13

Art in Washoe Park 7/19

CM Russell Stampede 7/20

37th Annual Live History Days at the Miracle of America Museum 7/20

Dillon Days (Dillon History Days) 7/26 

Rocky Boy's Annual Powwow & Rodeo Celebration 7/31

46th Annual Bigfork Festival of the Arts 8/3

Evergreen Chamber of Commerce Annual Show N Shine Car Show 8/3

Treasures on the Prairie 8/9

Wild Horse Plains Bike Tour 8/17

The Butte Vigilante Pro Rodeo 8/23

Big Sky Gravel (BSG) 8/25

Clash of the Carvers 9/5

18th Annual River City Roots Festival 9/6

Trego Heritage Days 9/7

Wretched Mess Fest 9/7

Boulder Music and Arts Festival 9/14

Miner's Day in Virginia City 9/21

61st Annual Fall Festival 9/28

Rotary Club of Townsend Fall Fest 10/4

Explore Montana: Hidden Helena 10/5

Terror in the Cell House 10/18

Covellite International Film Festival 11/7

Sidney's Christmas Stroll 11/29

Grandstreet Theatre: A Christmas Carol 12/12

Festival of the Winter Moon 1/11
The Russell - Great Falls Western Art Week 3/20
Grand Opening Celebration of the Bear Gulch Visitor Center 5/30