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, $2,980,000 has been awarded to 25 projects.
New river access at Riverbend Park in Bend, OR

Riverbend South Access and Restoration Project

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

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Adaptive cyclist on the pump track at Big Sky Bike Park in Bend, OR

Big Sky Bike Park

An inclusive bike experience at Big Sky Park that will meet the needs of visitors and residents, attracting bikers of all ages, abilities, and…

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Royal Flush Trail in Bend, OR

Royal Flush Trail Completion

This grant will allow for the completion of the entirety of the Royal Flush Trail and enhanced trailhead parking options.

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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.

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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 in the next 12 months
  • Has grassroots, community support

The application period is closed.

Mt Bachelor in Bend, OR

The places and spaces we fund, creating sustainable experiences throughout our community

Funding for these projects is made possible through the reinvestment of tax revenue generated through short-term lodging tax paid by visitors.

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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.

Meet some of our


Central Oregon Trail Alliance

2 Projects

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Trout Unlimited

3 Projects

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Oregon Natural Desert Association

1 Project

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Cascades Theatrical Company

2 Projects

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Central Oregon Nordic Club

1 Project

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Petrich Properties

1 Project

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