Bend Sustainability Fund

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We invest in projects that protect, steward, and create sustainable recreational resources and outdoor experiences in Bend’s backyard.

Taking care of the places that take care of us is our top priority.

Bend’s outdoor and recreational resources provide endless opportunities for outdoor pursuits, and the number of people craving the pristine beauty of our forests, mountains and rivers is on the rise.

It is up to us to protect these wild places and outdoor resources to ensure sustainable and lasting opportunities for all.

The Bend Sustainability Fund takes tourism dollars and reinvesting into the places and spaces that are important to our recreationist community.


How To Apply

We are looking for Shovel Ready Projects, that, with our funding, can hit the ground running. All known barriers that would inhibit the start or completion of the project have been cleared.

We make grants to projects meeting the following criteria:

  • Will protect, steward or create a tourism-related facility with an impactful life of >10 years
  • Said facility will have a substantial use by visitors
  • Has a clear timeline and measurable outcomes within the next 12 months
  • Has grassroots, community support

To learn more about the Bend Sustainability Fund, join us June 2nd, 10am-12pm for an informational session. This session will provide an overview of the application process, funding criteria and program timeline. Register here.

Online application opens early July, 2021
Deadline for submission early August, 2021
Funding decisions will be made and funds distributed early October, 2021