Resort Tax Funding

FY22 Applications for Funding

The Big Sky Resort Area District is accepting applications for the FY22 (July 2021-June 2022) funding cycle beginning on Monday, March 1, 2021. 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.

Applications and supporting documents must be completed using the online applications portal and must be submitted by Thursday, April 15, 2021, to be considered for funding. More information about the application process, review meetings, and more will be posted here as it comes available.

Application Scoring System

The District recently introduced an objective scoring system used for FY22 requests. View the Scoring System Here >>

Government Entities – Interlocal Agreements

The Big Sky Resort Area District is accepting applications for a 3-year funding cycle for FY22, FY23, and FY24 beginning on Monday, March 1, 2021. 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 with the capability of being legally bound by an interlocal agreement. Eligible applicants may apply for funding of operational costs.

Applications and supporting documents must be completed using the online applications portal and must be submitted by Thursday, April 15, 2021, to be considered for funding.

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.

FY22 applications for eligible applicants will open on Monday, March 1st at 9 am. All applications must be completed using the District’s Online Application Portal to be considered for funding. 

Important FY22 Funding Cycle Dates:

  • Monday, March 1st | Applications Live 
  • Wednesday, March 3rd | Application Training/Q&A Session 
  • Thursday, April 15th | Application Deadline 
  • Wednesday, May 12th | Questions shared with Applicants 
  • Wednesday, March 26th | Applicant Responses returned to District 
  • Monday, June 7th | Application Review Meeting 1
  • Thursday, June 10th | Application Review Meeting 2

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.

Other Questions

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

View FY21 Funding Award Results

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. Our funding decisions amidst COVID-19 will require us to make strategic investments through fiscally responsible decision-making. To do so, the District has temporarily moved funding decisions into 6-month cycles (spring and fall.) View the FY21 award results below.

Information for Resort Tax FY21 Award Recipients

If your organization was awarded Resort Tax funding, 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 for the FY21 Fall award cycle must be received by July 15, 2021. If you have questions, please contact the Resort Tax Office.