Explore MN

2018 Grant Guidelines

For your convenience, the 2018 Explore Minnesota Grant Guidelines for tourism marketing projects conducted January 1 – December 31, 2018 are posted below.  

Marketing Grant Request for Funding forms must be emailed to regional representative or postmarked by September 29, 2017.

Grant request totals cannot be adjusted after the due date.

Download the 2018 Marketing Grant Guidelines

Download the 2018 Marketing Grant Request Form

Contact your regional representative

Notable changes to the program for this year include:


  • Maximum amount awarded per grant: $7,000 
  • Minimum request for funding: $500 
  • Maximum number of grants awarded per organization: 2 (if two, one of which must be a multi-community grant) 
  • Grantees are not required to predetermine vendors 
  • Grantees are not required to preselect grant projects 
  • Preapproval by your regional representative before project work begins is required for:  
    • Hardship waiver for logo requirement 
    • Special grants 
    • Research project focus, methodology & budget 
    • Public relations plans 
    • Trade shows 
  • Official Explore Minnesota hashtag or handles must be used on social media 
  • New levels of organizational match requirements based on organizations budget 
  • Deadline for submitting grantee’s request for reimbursement: when all projects are complete, but no later than Jan. 31, 2019 
  • Only one submission for grantee’s request for reimbursement; no partial reimbursements will be accepted






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