Grant Opportunities - Oregon Coast Visitors Association

Grant Opportunities

OCVA Strategic Investment Fund

NOTICE: Strategic Investment Fund is no longer available for 2018/2019 investments. The fund will reopen again July 1st, 2019 and guidelines will be adjusted for OCVA’s 2019-2021 RCTP plan and new RCTP goals.

The purpose of this fund is to rapidly and surgically respond to high value destination development projects during critical moments of need to sustain their viability and/or momentum. High value is determined according to the priorities expressed in the attached grant guidelines and elaborated in the approved RCTP plan.

“There are many larger pools of money with lengthy application processes,” states Marcus Hinz, OCVA Executive Director, “but we’ve observed there are not many easily accessible grant opportunities for smaller, more modest projects.” The fund was created with the recognition that many community efforts are operated using volunteer time and the large, often arduous, grant application processes may become a barrier to worthy community projects.

Money for the Si-Fund comes from the state-wide 1.8% Transient Lodging Tax collected by the Oregon Tourism Commission, DBA Travel Oregon and grant guidelines have been derived from the 2-Year Regional Cooperative Tourism Program (RCTP) plan which OCVA negotiated with Travel Oregon. Please see attached for full details.

Applicants would fair well to review Coastal RCTP projects in progress developed from the approved 2017-2019 RCTP OREGON COAST PLAN FINAL.


Safe Routes to School Project Identification Program

What will the community get out of the program? Consultant services will assist the community (school representatives, school community, and local road authority representative) identify infrastructure needs near one school or a cluster of school feeding into the same middle or high school, focusing on all streets within a quarter-mile of the school, as well as critical issues within a mile of the school. The outcome of each Project Identification Program process will be a Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Plan for each school, cluster of schools, or small community that outlines infrastructure needs to address barriers to students walking and biking to school and provides some information needed to apply for the ODOT Safe Routes to School Competitive or Rapid Response Infrastructure Grants.

More information here.

Safe Routes to School Rapid Response Infrastructure Grant Program

What kind of projects are eligible? Safety projects on the public road right of way, consistent with jurisdictional plans, supported by the school or school district, are within a one-mile radius of a school, and that positively affects the ability of children to walk and bicycle to school. Project examples include sidewalks, median refuge islands, rapid flashing
beacons, etc. The maximum funding request is $500,000.

More information here.

Clatsop Cultural Coalition Seeks Public Input

The Clatsop County Cultural Coalition administers  annual awarding of grant funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust to non-profit organizations located within of Clatsop County.  Projects eligible for funding are those that support, maintain, preserve and promote cultural programs in visual and performing arts, heritage and humanities  In accordance with its bylaws, the Cultural Coalition’s goals and funding priorities must be submitted for review by the community every four years. Current goals and funding priorities can be viewed on the Cultural Coalition’s website

For further information, call Charlene Larsen at 503-791-6207 or Tita Montero at 503-440-4454.

Seaside Tourism Grant Program

The City of Seaside Visitors Bureau and Tourism Advisory Committee is pleased to announce the application period for the 2019-2020 Tourism Grant Program is now open. From $40,000 to $50,000 in grant funds are expected to be available for this coming fiscal cycle. The application deadline is May 10, 2019.

Click the link below for more information.

Tourism Grant Program 


State Preparedness and Incident Response Equipment (SPIRE) Grant Program

Oregon House Bill 2687, which became effective in August 2017, established a grant program to distribute emergency preparedness equipment, which may include vehicles or other property, to local governments and other recipients to be used to decrease risk of life and property resulting from an emergency. Items purchased must qualify as capital assets, meaning individual items must cost at least $5,000. A total of $5,000,000 is available to procure emergency preparedness equipment to help Oregon communities prepare, respond, and recover from emergencies.

Click the link below for more information.

Oregon Office of Emergency Management