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Mother Lode Theatre

The interior of the Mother Lode Theatre is pictured here at 316 W. Park St. in Butte.

The Department of Commerce announced Wednesday the recipients of nearly $830,000 in grants for projects in marketing, and tourism and recreation infrastructure. Several of the 26 projects are in southwest Montana.

The funds, totaling $829,644, will be awarded through the Department of Commerce’s Tourism Grant Program and its Office of Tourism and Business Development.

The local grantees include:

  • The Butte Local Development Corp., which received $27,500 to develop videos to showcase tourist amenities and to purchase and install signage to direct visitors.
  • The Butte Center for the Performing Arts, which received $13,700 to complete essential upgrades and to purchase new audio equipment for the Mother Lode Theatre.
  • Mainstreet Uptown Butte Inc., which was awarded $25,000 to support professional marketing services and media productions in out-of-state markets for the Montana Folk Festival.
  • The Powell County Museum and Arts Foundation in Deer Lodge, which received $50,400 to assist in the repair of its administration building roof.
  • BikeWalk Southwest Montana in Dillon, which was awarded $9,900 to assist in developing a biking and walking camp and distribute advertising to points along trans-American routes.
  • The Ennis Area Chamber of Commerce, which received $1,717 to redesign and upgrade its website.

The Tourism Grant Program awards funds to projects that strengthen Montana’s economy through the development and enhancement of the state’s tourism and recreation industry.

Eligible projects include arts, culture and heritage preservation; visitor facility upgrades and construction; and niche product development.

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