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2021 Lodging Tax Grant

Grants to Washington Nonprofits and Businesses
in Eligible Areas to Promote Local Tourism and Culture

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City of Lakewood

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08/24/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations, private businesses, and other organizations for projects that support and encourage tourism and cultural activities in eligible areas. Funding is intended for promoting tourism, or for acquisition, construction, or operation of tourism-related facilities. Projects must be designed to attract tourists to the City of Lakewood with the goal of increasing the number of overnight stays in local lodging facilities.

Funds are intended to:

  • Generate increased tourism in Lakewood resulting in over-night stays at local hotels.
  • Generate maximum economic benefit through overnight lodging, sale of meals and goods, and construction of tourism-related facilities.
  • Increase recognition of Lakewood throughout the region as a destination for tourism.
  • Increase opportunities for tourism by developing new visitor activities.

Tourism promotion is defined as, " ... activities and expenditures designed to increase tourism, including but not limited to advertising, publicizing, or otherwise distributing information for the purpose of attracting and welcoming tourists; developing strategies to expand tourism; operating tourism promotion agencies; and funding marketing of special events and festivals designed to attract tourists.”

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 141930

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any organization, including private businesses, can use the funds to advertise and promote tourism through the media.

Pre-Application Information:

The application period begins on Monday, August 3, 2020, and closes at 5:00 pm on Monday, August 24, 2020.

Applicants should remember to email Tho Kraus by Wednesday, August 19, 2020, to indicate an interest in applying and whether they will be submitting electronically.

- Monday, August 3, 2020: Application period opens (application available on City’s Finance webpage)
- Wednesday, August 19, 2020: Provide courtesy notification to Tho Kraus indicating your interest in applying and method of submittal. The purpose of this notification is to ensure your application is received.
- Monday, August 24, 2020: Applications due no later than 5:00pm
- Friday, September 4, 2020: LTAC agenda packet emailed to LTAC committee and available online
- Friday, September 18, 2020: LTAC meets to hear presentations and to make funding recommendations
- Monday, November 9, 2020: Recommendations to Lakewood City Council Study Session
- Monday, November 16, 2020: Final decision on FY2021 grant award allocation adopted by Council
- January / February 2021: Contracts issued for FY2021 LTAC grant awards

Lakewood Ordinance No. 492 requires that all businesses and contractors (including non-profits) that contract with the city enroll and participate in the Federal E-Verify program. The business entity or contractor shall be required to continue its participation in the program throughout the course of its business relationship with the City.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email applications to Tho Kraus, Assistant City Manager/Chief Financial Officer at

Or mail to:
Lakewood City Hall
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, Washington 98499
Attn: Tho Kraus

To arrange in-person delivery contact Tho Kraus at the email address above or call (253) 983-7706.

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USA: Washington: City of Lakewood

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