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Explore Tualatin Valley’s Foundation Award is a competitive award program, and prioritizes projects that will inspire awareness and overnight visitation to Washington County, Oregon, and will serve as a platform for cultural and economic growth.

The Foundation Award may support up to $20,000 (up to $100,000 per fiscal year) of funding. Eligible projects include any project that will encourage and inspire tourism to Washington County. All projects must be compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Consideration for the Foundation Award strategic investment is given to activities that may include (but are not limited to):

  • Small capital projects
  • Marketing collateral and promotional materials

Organizations that have an inspirational project that will collaboratively propel Explore Tualatin Valley forward in our efforts to promote the destination to visitors and enhance the quality of life of our residents are encouraged to apply.  October 2024 awards: June 1-August 31, 2024 submissions. Applications due by August 31, 2024. Strategic investments will be awarded by October 31, 2024.


Eligible organizations must be located in Washington County, Oregon, and includes: confederated tribes and non-profit 501(c) organizations and government partners, who are rooted in—and connected to—Tualatin Valley.



Yes. We encourage you to download the application questions before filling out the application.

You can find the application on ETV’s website. You can fill out the application online, or you can submit your completed application to engage@wcva.org.

Yes. If your organization has previously been awarded a tourism award by ETV, it will be considered for strategic investment funding if all previously awarded funds complied with agreement requirements and procedures.

Only one strategic investment project per organization per cycle will be awarded. We recommend that organizations submit an application for the project that aligns most closely with the guidelines.

Yes. Some of these restrictions include, (but are not limited to): Administrative or membership fees, salaries, business operating costs, travel and mileage, apparel for volunteers and/or staff, non-visitor events (examples include, but are not limited to: dinners, auctions, fund-raisers, galas, school events, classes/workshops, clinics, camps, etc.)

Yes. ETV requires recognition in the promotion of projects recognizing the financial contribution and support provided by ETV. Where possible, credit should say: “This project is funded in part using strategic investment funds from Explore Tualatin Valley,” and will include the Explore Tualatin Valley logo, provided by ETV.

Yes. Legal requirements/compliance/guidelines: Recipient hereby certifies that it has complied, and agrees that it shall comply, with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, executive orders and ordinances related to expenditure of the Strategic Investment moneys and the activities financed with the Strategic Investment moneys. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Recipient expressly agrees to comply with (a) Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, (b) Section V of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, (c) the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and ORS 659A.142, (d) all regulations and administrative rules established pursuant to the foregoing laws, and (e) all other application requirements of federal and state civil rights and rehabilitation statutes, rules and regulations.

The Foundation Strategic Investment Award is designed to support underserved or under-funded projects and is not intended to be a replacement for government funding. Priority will be given to projects that lack access to existing taxing or community-funded mechanisms.

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