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Geographic Focus

USA: Washington: San Juan County

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Lodging Tax Facilities Grant Program

San Juan County


Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #138127

Grant Description

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Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible areas for activities and projects that promote local tourism. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to increase economic activity through the overnight lodging of tourists, tourism-related expenditures, and construction of tourism-related facilities. Eligible proposals benefit San Juan County and must demonstrate how the project or operation will attract visitors from more than 50 miles away.

In the current grant offering, San Juan County is interested in a cohesive investment model in which the grants support the goals of a long-range tourism plan. In this model, the County will contract directly with the entities selected under this process that have submitted in the four categories, below. Accountability and return on the expenditure of public monies are important. It is also important that these grants emphasize investments that can be supported by the tourism promotion program. It is especially important that emphasis be given to those facilities, events, and facility operations that enhance tourism throughout the year.

Program categories are:

  • Emphasis on Tourism facilities capital program (only for facilities in which the County has an ownership position):
    • Construction
    • Improvement
    • Renovation
  • Matching grants for Tourism Events and Festivals designed to attract tourists
  • Grants for the operation of existing eligible tourism facilities that meet the criteria of the RFP and the long-range tourism plan (including, but not limited to historic museums, performing arts, and visual arts)
  • Special Investments that help to accomplish the objectives of the LTAC Master Plan.

For additional information about current areas of emphasis see: https://www.sanjuanco.com/DocumentCenter/View/26905/2023-LTAX-Application-Process-Overview#page=3

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Lodging Tax grant funds may be awarded to Municipalities (the County), nonprofit organizations described under U.S.C. Sec. 501 (c)(3) and 501(c)(4), and visitors bureaus or destination marketing organizations.

The project must be entirely within the corporate limits of San Juan County.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are due no later than 5 pm on Sunday, November 6, 2022.

Additional information: http://sanjuanco.com/614/Lodging-Tax-Advisory-Committee

Term of Contract:

All projects must be completed in this funding cycle by Dec. 31, 2023.

Contact Information:

Applications are available by contacting Ingrid Gabriel, Clerk to the SJC Council: ingridg@sanjuanco.com or 360-370-7472.

Submit applications to the email address above.

Or Hand Deliver to:
San Juan County Council Office drop box in front of Council Hearing Room
55 Second Street 1 st Floor
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Mail Deliveries:
San Juan County
Lodging Tax Promotion Proposals
350 Court Street #1
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

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