Information for Montana's Tourism Industry
   

Montana Office of Tourism

VISITOR SERVICES PROGRAM

Visitor Information Center Grant Program

MTOT's Visitor Services Program is currently taking applications for the 2014 Visitor Information Center (VIC) Grant Program. The VIC staff funding assistance program will offer up to $8,000 to ten nonprofit organizations that currently operate a VIC in their facility.

Deadline to submit an application is April 1, 2014. Funding from the VIC Grant Program is intended to assist nonprofit organizations in staffing their VIC and expanding their hours of operation.

VIC Grant Program Documents

  • VIC Grant Program Overview Word / Pdf
  • VIC Grant Program Application Word / Pdf

If you have questions about how your VIC can participate in the new program, contact Carol Crockett, Visitor Services Manager, ccrockett@mt.gov, 406-841-2796.

2014 Visitor Information Center Staff Training

MTOT's Visitor Services Program will be hosting a VIC Staff Training workshop in Butte, May 8-9, 2014. The training is open and free to any VIC staff in the state. MTOT will also provide a travel stipend of up to $500 to the first 20 VICs to register (one stipend per VIC) so register early!

The training agenda will be full of one-on-one interaction with fellow VIC staff and tours of Butte's historic and cultural attractions:

    Wednesday, May 7 - Butte Chamber of Commerce Welcome Reception
    Thursday, May 8 - Morning: Training, Butte Comfort Inn. Afternoon: Trolley Tour of Butte
    Friday, May 9 - Morning: Trolley Tour of Butte.
    Training ends at Noon.

VIC Staff Training Agenda Word / PDF

To register for the VIC Staff Training, go to: VIC Staff Training Registration. Registration ends April 25, 2014.

If you have questions about how your VIC can participate in the training, contact Carol Crockett, Visitor Services Manager, ccrockett@mt.gov, 406-841-2796.

Special Events Grant Program (SEGP)

The purpose of the Special Events Grant Program (SEGP) is to diversify and enrich Montana's tourism product by developing new and enhancing existing community-based tourism festivals and events. The goal of SEGP is to create and sustain economic development through the advertising and promotion of "hallmark events."

Applicants must be a Montana non-profit entity, city, county, or tribal government. Applicant organizations must be officially recognized by the IRS as having a non-profit status. No state or federal agencies may apply.

The minimum grant funding that can be allocated to any one proposed project in any fiscal year will be $2,500. The maximum grant funding that can be allocated to any one proposed project will be the maximum of the SEGP funding set for that given fiscal year.

For the current SEGP Overview, Application and Award Summary, go to: http://travelmontana.mt.gov/forms/

Tourism E-Marketing Technology Grant

The purpose of the Tourism E-Marketing Technology Grant is to assist Montana businesses improve their competitive e-marketing position within the tourism industry.

Eligibility requirements for the Tourism E-Marketing Technology Grant include:

  • Applicant must be currently licensed to do business in Montana with its principal business office located within the state of Montana.
  • Projects must be legal, commercially viable, ethical, must not contain adult only material, offensive or political content.
  • Grants are to be used for the creation or enhancement of e-marketing and cannot be used for domain registration, web hosting, general maintenance services, real estate marketing, resale of product(s) or annual subscriptions. This is a partial list and projects will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applicant must be directly involved in the project. No financial pass through organizations will be allowed to apply.
For the current Tourism E-Marketing Technology Grant Overview, Application and Award Summary, go to: http://travelmontana.mt.gov/forms/