Pilot Community Tourism Grant Program

The Pilot Community Tourism Grant Program (PCTGP) is a state-funded opportunity authorized by the 2023 Montana Legislature’s enactment of Senate Bill 540. Building tourism in a manageable, sustainable way can stimulate and diversify Montana’s local economy, protect and enhance local resources, and foster community pride without compromising the qualities that make local communities so special.

The purpose of the PCTGP is to elevate communities across the state, increase their economic vibrancy by improving their appeal as visitor destinations, and improve their resilience as a destination by enhancing and diversifying tourism assets and infrastructure. Through this program, communities can cultivate regional visions, identify strategies to harness the power of tourism, and develop unique experiences in tourism.

Resources for Applicants:

  • Please refer to the Pilot Community Tourism Grant Program Guidelines (PDF) for an introduction to the PCTGP, eligibility, and the application process.
  • For reference only the PCTGP Intake Form (PDF) will be the initial screening tool to evaluate community readiness and capacity for funding.
  • For reference only see the PCTGP Cohort Schedule (PDF) for potential funding allocations and phases for tourism ready communities.
  • For reference only see the PCTGP Flow Chart for a quick understanding of tourism readiness indicators for a community.
  • For reference only see the PCTGP FAQs to find quick answers to questions.
  • For reference only see the PCTGP Cohort 1 PowerPoint Deck for a quick overview of the funding opportunity (Please note, the On-Demand link will be available soon).
  • For reference only see the Montana Grants and Loans Step-by-Step instructions to create a ServiceNow account.

Montana Grants and Loans Portal


Pilot Community Toolkit:

  • The Pilot Community Budget is a tool for awarded communities in budgeting year-to-year.
  • The Steering Committee MOU is a sample to help create an MOU that is structured upon the actual procedures and duties of a steering committee and can be modified to fit the actual needs of the community.
  • The Grant Management Plan is another sample to help create a plan around duties and roles which can also be modified to fit the actual needs of the community.
  • The Grant Assistance Agreements a sample agreement that can be modified to create an agreement with a governmental entity or fiscal agent for a Pilot Community grant.
  • The Signature Certification Form will be completed by awarded communities to receive grant funds.
  • The Request for Funds - Uniform Invoice Tracking Sheet will be the tool for tracking invoices and requesting funds by a community.

Eligibility of an entity to apply for funding is established by Section III of the Pilot Community Tourism Grant Guidelines. Click the button below for an interactive display of Montana's urban areas and over-visited places.

Montana's urban and over-visited places


Additional Resources for Applicants:

A Montana Community or group of Communities within a destination that has prioritized tourism as an economic development strategy and are interested in working collaboratively can apply for PCTGP funds. Through this process, Tourism Grant Program staff will assist local leaders with building resilient regional networks and leadership skills to manage tourism development. Interested applicants must be willing to make a significant and long-term commitment to leadership and participation in tourism and economic development over the course of 60 months.