March 3, 2021                                                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Christian Heeb

Travel Oregon Unveils New Competitive & Recovery Grants Program

Travel Oregon believes improved infrastructure is needed to enhance and expand the visitor experience over both the short and long-term and that these enhancements can help in economic recovery efforts. To support this, yesterday, Travel Oregon unveiled a Competitive & Recovery Grants Program.
Applications open at 8 a.m. on March 15 and will be accepted until March 31 at 5 p.m. Total funding available for the Competitive & Recovery Grants program is $2.3 million.
Read the complete Grant Guidelines to see eligibility requirements, funding parameters and application questions. Please direct questions to

View Travel Oregon's State of the Industry Address

For those of you who were unable to attend Travel Oregon’s State of the Industry, or could not access the live event due to technical glitches on our end, please access the presentation and recording online.
The address covered international and national travel impacts and consumer sentiments, Travel Oregon’s biennial forecast for fiscal year 21-23, Travel Oregon’s suite of investments and programming focused on recovery and the agency’s strategic planning efforts.

Register for Upcoming TOGO Webinar, March 24

Join Travel Oregon, Oregon Outfitter & Guide Association, Adventure Travel Trade Association and Oregon’s professional tour operators, guides and outfitters (TOGO) on Wednesday, March 24 for an online forum: "Enhance Your Bottom Line Through Tourism-Related Vendors."
This workshop will help increase awareness of valuable partnership opportunities. Intended key learnings include:
  • Working with hotels and reserving hotel rooms: common practices, wording and expectations.
  • Working with other sectors of the tourism industry: common practices, wording and expectations.
  • Increasing profit of tour products through these connections.
  • Developing creative ways to highlight these connections in marketing materials.

Applications for Small Business Rent Relief Program Opens March 8

Oregon small business owners who have struggled to pay their rent during the coronavirus pandemic can apply for help from the state beginning Monday, March 8. Business Oregon, the state's economic development agency, is administering the program. Grants up to $100,000 per business tenant and a maximum of $3 million for each landlord may be awarded. 
Landlords must complete the initial application, but both the businesses and property owners need to participate in the application process and sign the grant agreement in order to qualify for funding.

Reminder: PPP Funding Available 

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is currently not reviewing or accepting applications from businesses with more than 20 employees. If you are a small business or sole proprietor, now is the time to apply for funding. Starting March 9 at 5:00 p.m. ET, all qualified businesses will once again be able to submit their applications. 
The program is set to expire at the end of March and approximately half of the funds allocated are still available. We highly encourage you to take advantage of the PPP, including the opportunity to apply for a Second Draw loan.
The Travel Industry Relief Resources page continues to house the latest information, details and useful links to make sure you can access the federal support available.
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