Up to $50,000 in matching funds available; applications accepted through April 5

(HOOD RIVER, Ore.) – Applications are now being accepted for Visit Hood River’s 2024 Community Investment Matching Grant Program, which is designed to support businesses and community economic vitality in the greater Hood River area. The grant application process will open on March 18, and applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. on April 5.

As stewards of community resources, Visit Hood River is dedicated to fostering economic vitality and responsible destination development in collaboration with local leaders. The program, entrusted with public and private funds, is committed to executing initiatives that sustain a thriving economy for Hood River’s businesses, residents, and visitors alike.

The VHR Community Grant Program occurs annually. In 2024, the program will award as much as $50,000, in total for all projects awarded. Each project requires its own application, and applicants must demonstrate the ability to meet the matching funding requirements.

“Supporting community vitality and reinvestment are at the heart of the VHR Community Investment Grant Program,” stated Katie Kadlub, CEO of Visit Hood River. “VHR is honored to provide this opportunity annually. The program is committed to supporting projects that foster the development of new events, programs, and initiatives, which contribute to the enhancement, promotion, and sustainability of Hood River as a destination.”

Since its inception in 2022, the program has awarded $39,300 in matching grants to businesses and organizations throughout the gorge. Examples include support for a non-profit focused on watersports activities and water safety, funding for The Heights Music Showcase, and assistance in developing collateral and online advertising for lodging properties to boost mid-week visitation.

The VHR Community Investment Matching Grant Program application and guidelines are available on the Visit Hood River website in English and Spanish.

English version available HERE.

Spanish version available HERE.

About the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce dba Visit Hood River:

The Hood River County Chamber of Commerce dba Visit Hood River is a nonprofit business association serving our tourism and business stakeholders. Located at the crossroads of the spectacular Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the magnificent Cascade Range and just an hour from Portland, Hood River offers outdoor recreation, dramatic vistas, historic landmarks, bountiful fruit, and fantastic food, wine, beer, and cider. With accommodations ranging from luxury hotels to historic B&Bs, Hood River is a four-season destination for families, outdoor enthusiasts, weddings, corporate events, and more. It was named a Best Adventure and Explorations Town by the 2023 Sunset Travel Awards and Nature Lovers Destination in the 2022 Sunset Travel Awards, a Top 10 Wine Destination for 2017 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, and 2015 Best Adventure Town in the West by Sunset magazine. Visit Hood River supports economic development, community development, and destination marketing for Hood River, Cascade Locks, Mosier, Odell, Parkdale, Pine Grove, and Mount Hood. For more information, call 800-366-3530 or visit visithoodriver.com.

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Contact katie@visithoodriver.com

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