The Ravalli County Museum and the Stevensville Main Street Association have been awarded grants by the Montana Department of Commerce.

The museum will get $20,000 for a project to upgrade lighting and seating on the second floor of the building. The area involved includes seven display areas and the Courtroom Gallery and stage. The Stevensville Main Street Association, meanwhile, will use $6,150 for construction of a three-panel outdoor visitor information kiosk, which will be next to the Association office on the north end of Main Street.

The grants were part of $750,000 in grants to support tourism and recreation in 27 communities in the state, according to a statement from Governor Steve Bullock. The Tourism Grant Program is managed by the Office of Tourism and Business Development and eligible projects include arts, culture and heritage preservation, visitor facility upgrades and construction.

Other projects around the state include $105,000 for an elevator at Missoula's Western Montana Fairgrounds, $105,000 for the Philipsburg Ice Rink, $15,000 to restore the Ronan Arch, $4,000 to American Legion Post 20 of Dillon to improve camping facilities along the Adventure Cycling TranAmerica bike route and $17,000 to the Central Montana Tourism Region in Great Falls to redesign the MOntana Dinosaur Trail website.