Do you have a big idea that will help travelers discover the unexpected in Wisconsin and you just need financial assistance and expert guidance to make your dream come to life? Your wish is granted. See which of the four grant programs below might be a fit for you.
Did You Know: In addition to helping you stretch your budget, Wisconsin Tourism grants drive millions of dollars in tourism spending? See all of the Tourism grant recipients in the fiscal year grant awards report.
Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) Grant Program
The Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) Grant Program, which will award up to $15 million in American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) federal funding, is now accepting applications through September 29, 2021 at 2:00 pm CDT. The DMO grant program will provide financial support for DMO's that promote and develop tourism activities in Wisconsin, including conventions and events, as part of Wisconsin’s continued bounce back from the pandemic. This program is being administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA). Additional details, including grant program criteria, is available on the program website. Applicants are encouraged to submit questions on the program website and check back on a regular basis for updates, including forthcoming details regarding informational webinars and a program FAQ. Sign up for the DMO program email list here to receive Destination Marketing Grant Program updates.
American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) Grants for Tourism & Entertainment
Governor Evers recently announced more than $150 million in grants for Wisconsin’s tourism and entertainment industries.
- $10 million for local tourism investment projects;
- $75 million for lodging grants;
- $11.25 million for movie theaters;
- $12 million for live event small businesses;
- $2.8 million for minor league sports teams;
- $10 million for live venues;
- $15 million for destination marketing organizations;
- $8 million for summer camps;
- $1 million for the Wisconsin Historical Society to assist in reopening historical sites; and
- $7.5 million to increase marketing support for Wisconsin's tourism industry.
If you are interested in receiving more information about the grants, including application, sign up to receive alerts as more information is released in the coming weeks.
Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) Grant Program
The Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) Grant Program offers funding to make a promotion or event come to fruition. The grant reimburses Wisconsin non-profit organizations for qualified promotional costs. There are five unique categories of the JEM grant to fit an organization’s needs.
Tourist Information Center (TIC) Grant Program
The Tourist Information Center (TIC) Grant Program is open to nonprofit tourism organizations, municipalities or Native American tribes who operate a regional tourist information center.
Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) Grant Program
The Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) Grant Program assists destinations in securing competitive sporting events that require an upfront cash or financial commitment.
Meetings Mean Business (MMB) Grant Program
The Meetings Mean Business (MMB) Grant Program helps potential Wisconsin destinations by providing financial assistance for facility costs or host destination expenses as they bid for regional and national meetings or conventions.
The Wisconsin Department of Tourism now accepts all grants online with our electronic grant system. View the Electronic Grant Program User Manual.
To apply for any grant, go to grants.travelwisconsin.com.
New to the system and need help setting up your organizational account? Questions about the application process? No problem. Just contact our Grants Coordinator for help.