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Ninepipes Museum, Polson Fairgrounds awarded tourism grants

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HELENA – Polson Fairgrounds, Inc. and the ninepipes Museum of Early Montana were among 12 TIIP grant recipients awarded a total of $550,000 by the Montana Department of Commerce.

The Tourism Infrastructure Investment Program awarded $80,000 to the Polson Fairgrounds, Inc., for reconstruction of the fairground’s 

grandstand and adding ADA accessibility. The total project cost is $120,000.

A $66,114 grant went to the Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana in Charlo for the purchase of the museum building and grounds, which has a total cost of $250,000.

“The 2012 TIIP grant funds are being invested in a good mix of established and developing tourism facilities across the Montana. All of these projects will strengthen our ability to attract visitors to Montana and keep them here longer so they can spend more money in our main street businesses,” said Dore Schwinden, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce. “These projects also benefit Montana residents by bolstering local economic standpoint and enhancing the quality of life in their communities.”  

Schwinden approved the TIIP grant funding for the tourism facility projects following recommendations from Department of Commerce staff and the state’s Tourism Advisory Council. The 12 TIIP grant recipients were selected from 30 applications requesting $2.3 million in grants from the program.   

“With these grants we’re leveraging $1.24 million from other funders which is a two-to-one return. The grant dollars are also supporting local construction jobs, the state’s building supply and service industry, and strengthening Montana’s visitor appeal,” Schwinden said.  

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