Bend Cultural Tourism Fund awards 19 grants totaling $400,000

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Bend Cultural Tourism Commission, a Visit Bend Project, is pleased to announce 19 grant awards for Bend cultural tourism-focused activities taking place from September 2022 through June 2023, awarding a total of $400,000. 

The funds will help local organizations leverage marketing resources to attract more cultural tourists during the shoulder seasons and winter months – a time of year when the city’s tourism industry is down yet the vibrant cultural activities so central to Bend’s character are still going strong.

The program started in 2015 and historically funds between $200,000 and $300,000 per year.  This seventh round of awards pushed the total BCTF funding over the $1.5 million mark, infusing local organizations with $1,628,335 in total.

Many of these events will be recognized by Bend residents, such as the 2022 Bend Fall Festival’s Art in Action Stage and the BendFilm Festival, while many are new concepts or programs under development.

The commission awarded five grants under the “Catalyst” category this year, which is intended to support the creation of new events or products that further cultural tourism in Bend. These grants included funding for the creation of an annually recurring musical experience around the cult classic musical “Little Shop of Horrors” by Greenhouse Cabaret, a Juneteenth Celebration, and starting a bi-annual Art and Science Symposium. A full list of projects is below.

“We were very pleased that we received the most applications in the program’s history this year,” said Visit Bend CEO Kevney Dugan. “The Bend Cultural Tourism Fund is growing and is reaching an increasingly diverse group of projects which enrich the community’s cultural offerings for visitors and residents alike.”

Following is the complete list of grants awarded:

1988 Entertainment LLC, Concerts in Bend Oregon, $30,000

To fund shoulder season concert promotion.

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