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Tourism Grant Program

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits and Businesses
for Programs and Events to Attract Visitors

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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City of Seaside Visitors Bureau

Deadline Date:

05/07/21

Description:

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations and businesses for programs, events, and activities to attract visitors and generate overnight stays in eligible locations. Funding is intended for marketing and development projects to promote local tourism to the City of Seaside.

The goal of Seaside’s Tourism Grant Program is to coordinate attraction and event development needed to ensure that Seaside can exceed visitor expectations as a destination and derive the greatest possible economic impact from visitor spending. Priority is given to projects and events that occur during the shoulder seasons and winter months with a strong potential for creating local room nights. 

Below is a sample list of grant projects. Actual projects are not limited to only what is listed below. All projects must generate overnight stays in Seaside or have the potential to generate overnight stays.

  • Development assistance to non-profit or government-owned visitor attractions.
  • Funding for development projects by “for profit” businesses and organizations will be considered, but not for brick-and-mortar types of projects or programs that duplicate City marketing efforts.
  • Festivals, events, or activities that accentuate, depict, or complement Seaside.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143315

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$50,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant funds are intended to be “seed money” or start-up funds with a limit of $5,000 for each project.

Term of Contract:

For projects to-be-completed between July 1, 2021 and December 31, 2022. There is a five-year limit on receiving funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who May Apply: Non-profit organizations and businesses with a project, program or event aimed at tourism development or marketing that promotes local tourism attractions, brings visitors or has the potential to bring visitors that will create overnight stays in Seaside’s commercial lodging properties.

The following is a partial list of activities that are not eligible for consideration.
* Grant funds to cover general administrative costs.
* Grant funds to cover operational expenses.
* Commercial or for-profit orgs seeking funds for capital improvements or projects.
* Projects promoting tourism outside the Seaside area.
* Projects directed at the residents of Seaside.
* Applicants who did not complete the required reports in previous year.
* Award requests for more than $5,000.00.
* Used as a match for other City of Seaside funding awards.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Deadline to apply for the 2021-2022 funding cycle is May 7.
- All applicants will be notified of their funding decisions no later than June 1, 2021.
- Approved funding will be disbursed no later than July 31, 2021.

If you have multiple projects or events, you will need to submit separate applications (unless the project or event has multiple dates over the course of the fiscal year).

Should you apply for funds for an event or program that will happen between July 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022, must be received by May 1, 2022 in order to receive the final 50% of funding.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdh5_XhHdLAJb5-g1Gf2HwxVxOboIEzv1_3K8UWl7GRkhkheg/viewform?usp=sf_link

For more information, please contact:
Joshua Heineman, Director of Tourism Marketing
jheineman@cityofseaside.us
(503) 738-3097

City of Seaside Visitors Bureau
Street address: 7 N. Roosevelt (Hwy 101)
Mailing Address: 989 Broadway
Seaside, Oregon 97138

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