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Lodging Tax Fund

Grants to Washington Nonprofits and For-Profits for
Projects and Events to Generate Tourism in Eligible Areas

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Kittitas County

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09/27/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations for projects and events to attract tourists to Cle Elum, Ellensburg, Roslyn, and Kittitas County. Funding is intended for new and expanding projects and events as well as the support of ongoing events.

Grants from lodging tax funds are provided for two types of applicants, New Projects/Events and Ongoing Event Support. An organization may apply for funding from one or both categories. If applying for funding from both categories, you must clearly identify submit separate applications for each type. The categories are defined as follows:

The New Project/Events category is for applications from events/projects which are within the first four years of existence. Applications may be considered in this category from established events (older than four years) which are proposing a new or expanded project designed to increase tourism as part of an ongoing event.

The Ongoing Project/Event Support category is for applications from established events (ongoing for more than four years) which may request continuing support. Grant awards are limited in this category to no greater than 10% of the event’s expense budget. This category includes project/events which may be operating under a new board or organization, moving venues, changing dates, or implementing other non-substantial changes to a project/event which is ongoing for more than four years.

In the review of applications, the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee or designees will grant preference to those proposals which (1) increase tourism, and (2) demonstrate ability toward eventual self-sustainability. (3) Applications received from not-for-profit organizations will be given preference over those from for-profit entities.

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GrantWatch ID#: 147248

Term of Contract:

The funds will be available for reimbursement beginning January 1 and ending December 31 of the calendar year immediately following award notification. Any unexpended funds will be returned to the Lodging Tax accounts from where they came and made available for re-appropriation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications received from not-for-profit organizations will be given preference over those from for-profit entities.

As part of its contract for performance, a municipality may require contractors to maintain liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 or more and name the municipality as an additional insured on its liability insurance policy.

The Lodging Tax Advisory Committees have determined that certain types of activities are not eligible for funding awards even if they may be tourism-related. These include anything affiliated with the following: prizes for contestants, resale items, food and drink, beautification, fundraising, and membership drives. This list should not be considered comprehensive and all funding recommendation decisions are at the discretion of the committees and subject to change by majority opinion.

Pre-Application Information:

The submission deadline is Friday, September 27, 2019, at 5:00 PM. Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered. Applications may not be changed or amended by the applicant after the deadline for submission.

Oral presentations of proposals to CLTAC: Friday, November 15, 2019

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Jerry V. Pettit
Kittitas County Courthouse
205 W 5th Ave
Ellensburg, WA 98926-2887
509-962-7687 fax

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