Tourism grant awarded to Heritage Center

Tourism grant awarded to Heritage Center

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The Western Heritage Center has received a $29,000 grant to replace an old boiler and install humidity control equipment.

The grant is among projects in six Montana communities receiving a total of $289,767 from the Tourism Infrastructure Investment Program.

Gov. Brian Schweitzer announced that the Montana Department of Commerce awarding of the projects on Thursday. Each project sponsor will use its grant funds to complete tourism-related facility improvements.

Commerce Department Director Anthony Preite approved the funding following recommendations from department staff and the state’s Tourism Advisory Council. The recipients were selected from 40 applications requesting more than $2 million from the Commerce Department program.

In addition to the WHC grant, others awarded include:

• $66,667 for Hill County’s Buffalo Jump Preservation Project at the Wahkpa Chu’gn Buffalo Jump Site in Havre.

• $60,000 for River and Plains Society Inc. of Fort Benton for reconstruction of the Bourgeois House at Old Fort Benton.

• $50,000 for Wolf Point Area Historical Society’s Museum Relocation Project.

• $50,000 for the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula to replace a boiler at the historic Post Headquarters building in Missoula.

• $34,100 for Powell County Museum and Arts Foundation’s Milwaukee Railroad Exhibit & Museum in Deer Lodge.

TIIP grants funds are provided by a 4 percent state tourism facility use tax, which is assessed on the lodging price of all accommodations across Montana, including campgrounds. The grants are awarded through a competitive process and require a $1 match for every $2 provided by grant funds.

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