Bend Sustainability Fund

A Visit Bend Project

We invest in projects that create sustainable experiences in Bend’s community.

Since the inception of the Bend Sustainability Fund, $2,290,000 has been awarded to 17 projects.
The Pavilion at Warm Spring, near Bend OR

Warm Springs Commissary Pavilion

  • 1 year
  • In Progress

A grant to help construct the Pavillon and restore the historic Commissary. Visitors and residents will enjoy the Commissary and Pavillon for food, art, education…

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Mt Bachelor in Bend, OR

Summer Hiking Trails at Mt. Bachelor

  • 2 years
  • In Progress

The expansion of Mt. Bachelor’s summer trail network that offers a 11-mile complete hiking loop from West Village to the summit and back again providing…

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Project to improve Riverbend Park in Bend, OR

Riverbend South Access and Restoration Project

  • 1 year
  • In Progress

The grant is to restore habitat along the Deschutes River, at Riverbend Park by creating three new river access points and limiting future degradation. These…

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We Invest In Bend

Taking care of the places that take care of us is our top priority.

Bend’s outdoor and recreational resources provide endless opportunities for outdoor pursuits, and the number of people craving the pristine beauty of our forests, mountains and rivers is on the rise.

And while 90% of Bend’s visitors include an outdoor experience in their visit, their time spent here is not limited to our wild places. They are also enjoying our vibrant downtown, urban parks and recreation, shops, restaurants and breweries. It is our responsibility to protect all these opportunities and ensure sustainable and lasting opportunities for all.

The Bend Sustainability Fund reinvests tax revenue generated by visitors into the places and spaces that are important to our community.

Standup paddleboarding on Hosmer Lake in Bend, OR

Have a project?

How to Apply

We are looking for Shovel Ready Projects, that, with our funding, can hit the ground running. All known barriers that would inhibit the start or completion of the project have been cleared.

We make grants to projects meeting the following criteria:

  • Will protect, steward or create a tourism-related facility with an impactful life of greater than 10 years
  • Said facility will have a substantial use by visitors
  • Has a clear timeline and measurable outcomes within the next 12 months
  • Has grassroots, community support

The application period for 2022 is now closed. If you have questions about a future application, please contact us.

Mt Bachelor in Bend, OR

Meet some of our

Grantees

Central Oregon Trail Alliance

2 Projects

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Trout Unlimited

2 Projects

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Oregon Natural Desert Association

1 Project

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Cascades Theatrical Company

1 Project

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Central Oregon Nordic Club

1 Project

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Petrich Properties

1 Project

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Learn More About Visit Bend’s

Commitment to Sustainability

At Visit Bend, sustainability is based on three pillars: social, economic and environmental. Our community is dependent on all three, and it is important to find a balance between them. Visit Bend and the Bend Sustainability Fund support our community as it seeks a sustainable future.