Call for applications – the Eastern Oregon Visitors Association (EOVA) launches regional grant program. In alignment with the organization’s mission to promote the Eastern Oregon visitor experience and to enhance and preserve the region’s quality of life and economy, the grant program’s key initiatives are to:
- Drive visitation from Eastern Oregon’s key domestic and international markets.
- Develop destination-based products that are in concert with the Eastern Oregon’s natural environment, support the stewardship of the state’s resources and its rich history
- Tie into or enhance one of EOVA’s marketing and development pillars of Outdoor, Cultural & Heritage, or Agritoursim.
- Provide strategic industry professional development and training opportunities
The Eastern Oregon Regional Grant Program is supported by the passage of House Bill 4146, through Travel Oregon, the statewide tourism marketing organization. Travel Oregon was required to establish a Regional Cooperative Tourism Program (RCTP) to invest twenty percent of the statewide lodging tax in Oregon’s seven designated tourism regions. EOVA serves as the appointed Regional Destination Management Organization (RDMO) for the Eastern Oregon region and will implement the RCTP on behalf of the region. EOVA Executive Director, Alana Carollo said of the grant program, “We are looking forward to getting the Regional Grant Program rolling; to be able to reinvest in our local communities, strengthen collaborative partnerships, and enhance the visitor experience is exciting!” Grant guidelines are now available online at eova.com; interested applicants are required to submit a Project Idea Form prior to submitting a grant application. The Regional Grant Program will be open to applicants each fiscal year.
For questions, please contact EOVA staff at firstname.lastname@example.org with “EOVA: Regional Grant Program” in the subject line.