Resort Tax Funding

RESORT TAX FY21 FALL APPLICATIONS LIVE ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

Applicants can apply for the FY21 Fall cycle (1/1/21-6/30/21) beginning on Tuesday, September 1 at 9 am (MDT). Applications can be completed using the online portal and the deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, September 30 @ 11:59 pm (MDT). The application review and Q&A meetings will be held on Tuesday, November 10, and Thursday, November 12 at 5:30 pm (MDT). Applicants presence will be expected at both meetings. Further details will be coming soon.

Requirements for Applying:
As required by law, an applicant must be a legal entity formed under the laws of the State of Montana. The applicant must be “an entity” that is capable of both “legally and practically” carrying out the purpose of the allocation and located within the Resort Area District. The applicant must be a governmental unit, corporation, or limited partnership with the capability of being legally bound by an agreement.

Spring Applicants:
Applicants that applied and/or received funding during the FY21 Spring cycle (7/1/20-12/31/20) will need to fill out the application titled “FY21 Fall Application for Funding (Spring Applicants).” Applicants will be asked to update and verify the information previously provided on the Spring Application and complete a few additional questions.

New Applicants:
Applicants who are applying for the first time this Fiscal Year will need to fill out the application titled “FY21 Application for Funding (New Applicants).”  Please note the application includes a multi-step process; all applicants must complete the pre-screening questions (LOI) prior to completing the full application. Allow 3 business days for review of the pre-screening questions (LOI) and be sure to allow yourself adequate time to complete the application prior to the deadline of September 30. We recommend beginning the application process no later than September 15. To view a video tutorial on how to complete the application CLICK HERE or contact Jenny Muscat, Operations Manager, at Jenny@ResortTax.Org to schedule a one-on-one virtual training session.

Important Dates:

If you are unsure which application your organization should complete or have any questions regarding applications, please contact the Resort Tax office at 406-995-3234.

View FY21 Spring Funding Award Decisions

Each year, Big Sky’s organizations submit applications to the Resort Tax Board requesting funds to help support the many services, programs, and projects that make Big Sky such a spectacular place to live and work.

How Resort Tax Collections are Awarded

The Big Sky Resort Area District awards resort tax funding on an annual basis. The funding supports local services and programs including a post office; ambulance and other emergency medical services; public transportation systems; tourism development; and other services that provide for the public health, safety, and welfare within the Big Sky Resort Area District. With the commitment of the many entities that serve Big Sky, we are Better Together.

How To Apply For Resort Tax Funding

If your organization or its programming is located within the boundaries of the Big Sky Resort Area District and it provides a service, program, or project that provides for the public health, safety, and welfare of the greater Big Sky Resort Area District community, you may apply for Resort Tax funding.

As required by law, an applicant must be a legal entity formed under the laws of the State of Montana. The purpose of the funding request must be within the purposes of the District’s Legal Ordinance NO. 98-01, as amended, and must benefit the community at large, and not a single person, organization, or corporation. The applicant must be “an entity” that is capable of both “legally and practically” carrying out the purpose of the appropriation. The applicant must be a governmental unit, corporation, or limited partnership with the capability of being legally bound by an Agreement.

Information for Resort Tax FY21 Spring Award Recipients

If your organization was awarded Resort Tax funding for the FY21 spring cycle, you may submit payment requests when an Award Orientation has been completed, an Award Contract has been signed, and you have completed the Post Award Follow Up Form.

All Payment Requests must be submitted using the ONLINE PORTAL and Payment Request Forms will be assigned based on the schedule provided in the Post Award Follow Up Form. Requests are processed on the 1st and 15th of each month and organizations should expect to receive payment within 7-10 days of processing. Instructions, expectations, and guidelines for submitting Payment Requests can be found HERE [PDF].

Final payment requests must be received by January 15, 2021. If you have questions, please contact the Resort Tax Office.

Other Questions

Visit our Resort Tax Funding FAQ’s for more common questions and answers or contact the Resort Tax office.