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Tourism Grant Program

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits and Businesses in Eligible
Regions for Events and Programs that Attract Visitors

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City of Seaside Visitors Bureau

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Grants of up to $5,000 Oregon nonprofits and businesses for programs, events, and activities that attract visitors and generate overnight stays in eligible regions. Priority will be given to events that take place in the winter and shoulder months. Funding is intended to support the production of events or programs designed to increase overnight visits to the area, promote tourist attractions in the region, or develop programs that target visitors to the city of Seaside. Grant funds are intended to be “seed money” or start-up funds.

The goal is to coordinate attraction and event development that is needed to ensure that Seaside can exceed visitor expectations as a destination and derive the greatest possible economic impact from visitor spending.

Successful applications will promote the local destination to potential visitors with an emphasis on creating (or the strong potential for creating in the future) overnight stays in commercial lodging facilities, especially in the shoulder and winter months s (October 1 – May 31 of the funding year or October 1 – December 31 of subsequent year. The goal 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.

Below is a sample list of grant projects; actual projects are not limited to only what is listed below: 

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

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GrantWatch ID#: 143315

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

No more than $3,000 (excluding the annual fireworks program) will be awarded to events or projects happening between June 25 and September 15.

Term of Contract:

Projects or events should be completed between July 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

The following is a partial list of activities that are not eligible for grant fund consideration:
- Grant funds to cover general administrative costs.
- Grant funds to cover operational expenses.
- Commercial or for-profit organizations requesting 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 years.
- Award requests for more than $5,000.
- Used as a match for other City of Seaside funding awards.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by May 8, 2020.

These funds cannot be used as the match for any other City of Seaside funding program; however, it is strongly encouraged to use the funds as leverage with non-City of Seaside funds whenever possible.

All applicants will be notified of their funding requests no later than June 1, 2020.

Approved funding requests will be awarded and funds disbursed no later than July 31, 2020.

Contact Information:

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

Email applications and direct questions to:
Joshua Heineman, Director of Tourism Marketing

(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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USA: Oregon: City of Seaside

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