Destination Development Program

In March 2022, Visit Keweenaw invited community organizations to apply for sponsorship awards of up to $10,000 to help add new experiences, or improve existing ones, in the Keweenaw. The program required that applicants match requested funds through additional cash or in-kind contributions. Projects were required to be within Houghton and Keweenaw Counties and were encouraged to be completed by September 30th, 2022.

2022 Project Awards

  • Keweenaw Snowmobile Club - $10,000 – Snowmobile Groomer Barn Construction
  • Copper Harbor Trails Club - $10,000 – Mountain Bike Park – Pump Track and Skills Loop at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge
  • City of Hancock - $4,500 – Historic Commemorative Plaques in Downtown Hancock
  • Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw - $3,800 – Virtual Historic Downtown Houghton Walking Tour Signage
  • Chassell Township - $2,800 – Wayfinding and Historic Interpretive Signage
  • Calumet Township - $2,300 – Fat-Tire Bike Grooming Equipment
  • Copper Harbor Improvement Association - $2,000 – Visitor Center Improvements
  • Keweenaw ATV Club - $1,800 – ATV Trail Kiosks and Safety Information

What is Destination Development?

Destination development is the intentional process of making investments in community infrastructure in order to improve a destination's ability to attract visitors and enhance their experience while visiting the destination.  Destination development initiatives can widely vary in scope and focus, but they often focus on principles of placemaking which leverage unique characteristics of a community building upon its assets and creating unique experiences that benefit both the visitor and the community.  

Why Invest in Destination Development?

The Keweenaw's rich history, natural environment and local communities make it a special place for visitors and residents.  By investing in destination development, Visit Keweenaw encourages local projects that enhance the visitor experience and encourages them to return in the future. 

We also know that the best places to live are often great communities to visit. A new trailhead, sharing local history, or signage that helps people find a nearby waterfall benefits both the visitor and local residents. These investments help connect the visitor economy with local community development generating positive benefits across the Keweenaw.

Destination Development Awards

Destination Development Funding Cycle

Visit Keweenaw annually solicits applications from community organizations to support destination development initiatives. Typically, applications will be accepted beginning in October running through December. Award announcements are expected to be made in January. While not required, projects are encouraged to be completed by September 30th of the year funds are awarded.  

How Are Projects Selected?

Applications are reviewed by the Visit Keweenaw staff and a subcommittee of Visit Keweenaw's board of directors. Recommendations are made to full board which grants the final approval for funding allocation to the selected projects.    


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