Central Oregon Competitive Grants

Matching Grants Programs
Central Oregon Matching Grants Program

COMGP

Non-Profit COMGP Key Initiatives

Applicants will need to identify in your application which of the following key initiatives your project aligns with. (Projects that do not align with at least one of the initiatives below will be ineligible for funding.)

  1. Maximize the economic return on public and private investments in Central Oregon

  2. Drive year-round destination-oriented travel from Central Oregon’s key domestic and international markets by aligning and optimizing local opportunities (see complete COMGP guidelines for key markets)

  3. Develop destination-based products that are in concert with Central Oregon’s natural environment and support the stewardship of regional resources

  4. Provide strategic industry professional development and training opportunities

With the passage of HB4146 Travel Oregon, the statewide tourism marketing organization was required to establish a Regional Cooperative Tourism Program (RCTP) to invest 20% of the statewide lodging tax in Oregon’s seven designated tourism regions. COVA serves as the appointed Regional Destination Management Organization (RDMO) for the Central Oregon region and will implement the RCTP on behalf of the region. A Central Oregon stakeholders group was formed to advise and collaborate with COVA on its RCTP.

A key component of the Central Oregon RCTP is to make grant awards “to eligible applicants for projects that contribute to the development and improvement of Central Oregon communities by means of the enhancement, expansion, and promotion of the visitor industry.”

COMGP applicants may apply for grants on an annual basis. Each project requires its own application. Applicants must demonstrate at least a 10% cash match.

INVOLVING YOUR LOCAL DESTINATION MARKETING ORGANIZATION (DMO)

COVA works closely with our community Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) partners in Central Oregon through the RCTP. Central Oregon communities with active DMO partners include Bend, La Pine, Madras (inclusive of all Jefferson County), Maupin (inclusive of South Wasco County), Prineville (inclusive of all Crook County), Redmond (inclusive of Crooked River Ranch and Terrebonne), Sisters (inclusive of Camp Sherman and Metolius) and Sunriver.

Each Applicant must work with and align grant projects with their local DMO. Grant project ideas should be aligned with and vetted by the community DMO. Applications must include a letter of support from their local DMO and at least three related industry partners with their overall application.

Complete COMGP Grant Guidelines

View Full Eligibility and Complete Guidelines
Central Oregon Group Development Matching Grants Program

Group Development Grants

With the passage of HB4146 Travel Oregon, the statewide tourism marketing organization was required to establish a Regional Cooperative Tourism Program (RCTP) to invest 20% of the statewide lodging tax in Oregon’s seven designated tourism regions. COVA serves as the appointed Regional Destination Management Organization (RDMO) for the Central Oregon region and will implement the RCTP on behalf of the region. A Central Oregon stakeholders group was formed to advise and collaborate with COVA on its RCTP.

A key component of the Central Oregon RCTP is to make grant awards “to eligible applicants for projects that contribute to the development and improvement of Central Oregon communities by means of the enhancement, expansion, and promotion of the visitor industry.”  In an effort to demonstrate COVA’s alignment with our regional partners striving to develop group, conference and meeting business that will result in region-wide, multi-night, off-season destination visitation, COVA will invest RCTP Matching Grant resources for specific off-season Group Conference and Meetings partner program development.

Group Development COMGP applicants may apply for grants on an annual basis. Stakeholders may submit only one Application per grant cycle.  Applications may include multiple projects if all projects are integral to the success of the project Goal.  Applicants must demonstrate at least a 25% cash match.

Complete Group Development COMGP Guidelines

View Full Eligibility and Complete Guidelines

FY 18-19 Grant Timeline

Below is the timeline for the FY18-19 cycle of the Non-Profit and Group Development Central Oregon Matching Grant Programs:

JULY 2, 2018
Non-Profit Grants - Application Opens
DEC 21, 2018 - 5 pm
Non-Profit Grants - Application Closes
FEB 15, 2019
Non-Profit Grants - Application Status Notification
MAR 8, 2019
Non-Profit Grants - Signed Contracts Due to COVA
MAR 29, 2019
Non-Profit Grants - Funds Released
JUL 2, 2018
Group Development Grants - Application Opens
SEP 28, 2018-5 pm
Group Development Grants - Application Closes
NOV 16, 2018
Group Development Grants - Application Status Notification
DEC 3, 2018
Group Development Grants - Signed Contracts Due to COVA
DEC 21, 2018
Group Development Grants - Funds Released

Central Oregon Matching Grant Program Application Portal

Any Questions?

Contact the Central Oregon Visitors Association Office