Resort Tax Funding


Applications for the FY21 Fall Cycle (1/1/21-6/30/21) were due on Wednesday, September 30. The Board of Directors are currently reviewing all applications submitted in preparation for the November review meetings. Use the buttons below to view a summary outlining requests by project or to view complete applications from all organizations seeking funding.

Public Comment:

Suggestions for productive public comment:

      ● Include your full name and your address
      ● Share your feedback for projects and their outcomes
           ◊ For example: I support x project because it does y for the greater good of Big Sky
      ● Broad based feedback for organizations does not communicate to the District why a project is important and therefore how project     
         outcomes meet community need
          ◊ For example: I support x organization, fully fund (does not communicate project outcomes)
      ● If you are sharing written comment, please submit prior to the October 29 deadline

If you would like to share public comment with the District, you may do so in the following ways:

Prior to the November meetings:
      ● Please email by Thursday, October 29 at 12pm (noon) and your comment will be included in the Board Packet
During the meeting:
      ● Please join the Zoom Webinar and “Raise Your Hand” (or use *9 if you join via phone) or use the “Chat” feature to share your public
         comment. A staff member will allow you to speak to the Board when the Chairman calls for public comment, or if you share using the
         chat feature a staff member will read your comment aloud.
      ● Use the details below to register and join the Zoom Webinars
      ● Comments on the Facebook live stream WILL NOT be accepted as public comment and will not be addressed by the District

Meeting Details:

*Registration Required for Zoom participation.
Meetings will also be live streamed on the Explore Big Sky Facebook page*

Information for Applicants:

Plan to receive questions from the District on Tuesday, October 20th with responses due by Tuesday, October 27th.  Answers will be reviewed on Tuesday, November 10th at the Application Review and Q&A session. Applicant presence is requested at both November meetings so please plan accordingly.


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.

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.

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.