News Release

Office of the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs
U.S. Department of the Interior

The Office of Indian Economic Development (OIED) announced today it is soliciting applications for its Fiscal Year 2021 Tribal Tourism Grant Program (TTGP). The deadline for applications is 9 p.m. EDT, Aug. 13, 2021.

The Office of Indian Economic Development’s Division of Economic Development solicits proposals from American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes and tribal organizations to receive grants to support tribal tourism feasibility studies and/or tribal tourism business plan development. The Tribal Tourism Grant Program, which is funded through the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-221), seeks to fund 20 to 35 grants ranging from approximately $25,000 to $150,000, enabling American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and tribal organizations to hire consultants, perform feasibility studies and/or develop business plans of proposed tourism projects. The application may also explore how a current tribal tourism business could recover and adapt to the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Before COVID-19, Indian Country’s tourism industry brought in millions of dollars to tribal, local and state economies. Since the pandemic’s start last year, however, the overall U.S. tourism industry has been one of the hardest hit economic sectors, and tribal tourism businesses even harder,” Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Bryan Newland said. “This year, Indian Affairs’ Tribal Tourism Grant Program is looking at how tribal tourism businesses can recover and rebound from the pandemic’s effect on them. I strongly encourage tribal government and business leaders to take advantage of this funding opportunity.”

The Tribal Tourism Grant Program is a competitive, discretionary program where proposals will be evaluated on a variety of economic development activities related to tourism aimed at stimulating economic growth within an American Indian/Alaska Native community. The Office of Indian Economic Development’s Tribal Tourism FY 2021 solicitation for Tribal Tourism Grant Program funding, with details on how to apply, can be found at www.grants.gov.

Questions about the Tribal Tourism Grants Program solicitation may be addressed to James R. West, Tribal Tourism Grant Program Manager, Office of Indian Economic Development, Room 6049-B, 12220 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia. 20191. He can also be reached by telephone at (202) 595-4766 and by e-mail at jamesr.west@bia.gov.

The Office of Indian Economic Development, formerly known as the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, supports the economic development of American Indian and Alaska Native communities by offering access to capital through grant opportunities and loan guarantees, and by providing technical assistance to federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native tribes. To maximize economic benefits for those tribes, the Office of Indian Economic Development works in partnership with other federal agencies including the Economic Development Administration (EDA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Small Business Administration (SBA). the Office of Indian Economic Development administers the Tribal Tourism Grant Program through its Division of Economic Development (DED). For more information about the Office of Indian Economic Development’s mission and programs, visit the Office of Indian Economic Development website.

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