2021 Bend Sustainability Fund Grants

The Bend Sustainability Fund

Taking care of the places that take care of us by investing in what makes Bend such a special place.

Announcing the 2021 Grant Awards

We are excited to announce that the 2021 Bend Sustainability Fund grant cycle is complete.

We have awarded a total of $840,000 to eight projects over the next two years that will protect, steward, and create sustainable recreation resources and experiences in Bend’s backyard.

These eight projects were reviewed by Visit Bend staff and the BSF Advisory Council, presented to the community through the Community Ballot, where we received nearly 1,800 responses in support of these projects, and approved by the Visit Bend Board of Directors.

Bend Parks & Recreation District

Big Sky Bike Park

In collaboration with COTA, OAS, BEA, MBSEF, and Bend BMX.

Statement of Success: An inclusive bike experience at Big Sky Park that will meet the needs of visitors and residents, attracting bikers of all ages, abilities, and interests, and provide an opportunity to host cycling events at local, regional, and national levels.

Grant Awarded: $350,00 total – 2 year grant

BPRD

Central Oregon Trail Alliance

Cascade View Trail Construction

Statement of Success: A new trail with beautiful mountain views in a less crowded part of Central Oregon that primarily appeals to mountain bikers but is also open to people on foot and draws locals and visitors to get fit, happy, connect with nature, and experience the beauty of Central Oregon.

Grant Awarded: $48,250 – 1 year grant

COTA

Meissner Nordic Ski Club

Lodgepole Loops Access Enhancement

Statement of Success: To restore safe access to the Lodgepole Loops trail, our only true beginner loop trail by eliminating the hazards that currently disallow grooming, thus allowing for skiers of all abilities to enjoy the nordic trail system.

Grant Awarded: $2,975 – 1 year grant

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High Desert Museum

Nature Playground

Statement of Success: A new nature-based play area enabling the Museum to better serve our growing visitors and community by enhancing how our educational programming and visitor experiences deepen young learners’ connection to our place-based mission.

Grant Awarded: $100,000 – 1 year grant

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Oregon Natural Desert Association

Oregon Badlands Wilderness Trail & Trailhead Improvements

Statement of Success: An improved visitor experience in the Oregon Badlands Wilderness including enhanced trailheads and signage and an improved and expanded trail network will better distribute visitors throughout the area and result in easier navigation and a better experience.

Grant Awarded: $17,000 – 1 year grant

ONDA

Trout Unlimited

Rimrock Trail Restoration Project

Statement of Success: Enhanced recreational access and protection of important sections of habitat along the Deschutes River focused on the Rimrock access of the Deschutes River Trail.
Physical infrastructure added to proposal.

Grant Awarded: $30,000 – 2 year grant

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Discover Your Forest

Summer Hiking Trails at Mt. Bachelor

Statement of Success: The expansion of Mt. Bachelor’s summer trail network that offers a 11-mile complete hiking loop from West Village to the summit and back again providing a High Cascades hiking experience and interpretive information for visitors of all skill levels and abilities.

Grant Awarded: $245,000 – 2 year grant

Discover your Forest

Trout Unlimited

Tumalo Falls Trail Restoration Project

Statement of Success: Creating clear access points for recreating at Tumalo Fall and along the creek for a diverse user groups, and the protection of sections for habitat, water quality and vegetation for wildlife.
*Physical infrastructure added to proposal.

Grant Awarded: $44,000 – 2 year grant

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