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Tourism Promotion Grants

Grants to Washington Nonprofits, For-Profits, and
Agencies in Eligible Areas to Promote Local Tourism

Agency Type:

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City of Bellingham Tourism Commission, Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) - Tourism Promotion Fund

Deadline Date:

06/07/21 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $25,000 to Washington nonprofit organizations, for-profits entities, and public agencies in eligible locations to promote tourism. Funding is intended to support marketing efforts that increase economic activity and bring tourists from outside the local area to the City of Bellingham. All activities and events must be open to the public

Grant Options:

  1. The Start-Up Grant: For events or activities that are three years young. This allows applicants to utilize funds for more than just marketing. Funds can be used for eligible operating expenses, which are limited to venue rentals (i.e., conference rooms), equipment rentals (i.e., cones, traffic signs, etc.), a portion of rent (must be proportionate to the event), and/or the purchase of goods/supplies with prior approval by the City. For example, payroll, travel, alcohol, and equipment expenses are NOT allowed. 
  2. The Standard Grant: This grant is for events or activities that are over three years running. Up to 25% of the award may be used for operational expenses. Eligible operational expenses are limited to venue rentals (i.e., conference rooms), equipment rentals (i.e., cones, traffic signs, etc.), a portion of rent (must be proportionate to the event), and/or the purchase of goods/supplies with prior approval by the City. 

An eligible publication may distribute within the 50-mile boundary provided they also distribute outside of this boundary.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146197

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Start-up grants have a maximum of $5,000 funding
- The Standard grant does not have a limit; however, generally, funding amounts range between $2,500 and $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Funds can be expended within the contracted months of 2021 but must be directly related to a 2022 project or event.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant may be:
- Nonprofit (must provide copy of 501 (c) (3), (4) or (6) letter)
- Public agency
- For-profit (must provide copy of current/valid Bellingham Business License and IRS Employee Tax I.D. number)

Payroll, travel, alcohol, and equipment expenses are NOT allowed.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is June 7, 2021, at 5:00 PM. Only PDF or Dropbox applications/materials will be accepted via email.

Applications are encouraged to contact staff for a determination of eligibility.

All applications will be reviewed on the fourth Tuesday in June. LTAC will post recommendations within 48 hours of this meeting on the Tourism Promotion Fund webpage.

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 staysi@cob.org

Direct questions to Shannon Taysi at the email address above or call (360) 778-8360.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: City of Bellingham

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