The Montana Department of Commerce recently announced more than $1 million in grant funding was awarded through its Tourism Grant Program to strengthen local economies in 21 communities, with Shelby being one of those communities. The City of Shelby will receive $12,325 in grant funding to renovate the exterior of this historic Shelby Town Hall building.

“These grants will serve 22 tourism and recreation projects across Montana, including unincorporated small towns, rural communities, and areas of known attractions to non-resident visitors,” Commerce Director Scott Osterman said. “Not only will these funds help boost tourism locally, theywill support good-paying jobs, another added benefit of increased visitor activity.”

The Tourism Grant Program is funded by the four percent Lodging Facility Use Tax, commonly known as the “Bed Tax.” Enacted by the 1987 Legislature, the Bed Tax is collected from guests of hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, guest ranches, resorts, short-term vacation rentals and campgrounds.  Eligible entities that may apply for tourism grants include cities, counties, non-profit organizations and tribal entities based in Montana.

For more information about the Tourism Grant Program, visit MARKETMT.COM.

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