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 WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Indian Economic Development has opened applications for its FY 2022 Tribal Tourism Grant Program. 
According to a statement, the office hopes to fund feasibility studies and business plan development across “20 to 35” grants between $25,000 and $150,000. The program will be competitive, assessing proposed projects for potential economic growth in tribal communities. In addition to hiring consultants, preparing project feasibility studies, and expanding or developing tourism business plans, awarded tribes and organizations can leverage grant funding to explore COVID-19 recovery options.

The funding supports a $14 billion industry in the midst of a nationwide recovery following total shutdowns during the pandemic, according to prior Tribal Business News reporting.

“Tourism is a vital part of many Tribal economies, providing jobs and bringing resources to Tribal communities,” said Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland. “The Tribal Tourism Grant Program is one way we are investing in Indian Country to promote economic opportunities in and near Tribal communities to make sure that people have the opportunity to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives in their Tribal communities.”

The office invites questions about the Tribal Tourism Grant Program through Grant Management Specialist Dennis Wilson at [email protected]. Potential applicants looking for technical assistance can find it either through OIED’s website directly or here.