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A Visit Bend Project

Bend Cultural Tourism Fund

Bend Cultural Tourism Fund

The Bend Cultural Tourism Fund (BCTF) is a grant program created to enhance Bend’s economy through cultural tourism. From musical productions to art exhibits to film festivals and more, the BCTF supports cultural opportunities that draw visitors to Bend.

Thanks to a ballot measure passed in 2013, Visit Bend funds the BCTF using 7.5-10% of the organization’s total annual public funding received from the City of Bend. The program awarded $125,000 to cultural tourism organizations in 2015, just under $200,000 in 2017, $205,000 in 2018, $200,000 in 2019, $319,500 in 2021, and $400,000 in 2022.

Awards have supported cultural opportunities ranging from the Deschutes Public Library’s Author! Author! series to a Nordic skiing exhibit at the Deschutes Historical Museum to the Bend A Cappella Festival.

The next application period will open in early 2023.

Got an idea for a cultural opportunity with the potential to draw visitors to Bend? Check out the grant application below to learn more about applying. Questions: Contact BCTF program administrator, Laurel MacMillan by phone: 503.803.8260 or email at laurel@laurelmacmillan.com.

Interested in serving on the BCTC? The Commission is always looking for community members willing to serve. Commissioners attend quarterly Commission meetings and serve two-year terms for up to three consecutive terms. To learn more about current openings how to apply, email Laurel MacMillan at laurel@laurelmacmillan.com.