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

Lodging Tax Fund Grant


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Funding Source
Kittitas County
Lodging Tax Fund
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Geographic Focus
USA: Washington: Kittitas County and the Cities of Cle Elum, Ellensburg, and Roslyn

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/22/23 4:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations and for-profit entities for projects and events that attract tourists to eligible locations. Funding is intended for new, expanding, and ongoing activities and events, and may also be used for marketing, tourism promotion, and the operation of tourist facilities. Eligible activities benefit the cities of Cle Elum, Ellensburg, Roslyn, and/or Kittitas County.

Funds awarded under this process may be used for the following:

  1. Tourism marketing;
  2. The marketing and operations of special events and festivals designed to attract tourists;
  3. Supporting the operations of tourism-related facilities owned or operated by nonprofit organizations described under 26 U.S.C. Sec. 501 (c) (3) and 26 U.S.C. Sec. 501 (c) (6) of the internal revenue code of 1986, as amended.

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. 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) that 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) that 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 projects/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.

The Lodging Tax Advisory Committees have determined that certain types of activities are eligible for funding awards. These include anything affiliated with the following: employee travel & training expense, computer maintenance expense, marketing, communication, advertising, office supplies, IT Support, facility (rental) (includes security and lighting costs), Equipment Hire (rental) (sound systems, two-way radios, etc), Volunteer Training (includes food & clothing)(no resale), Transport (equipment transport & hire of buses), Medical Fees (required medical professional onsite), and Speakers and Talent Fees.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Nonprofit organizations and for-profits may apply.

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

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, payroll, ongoing rent or mortgages, insurance costs, permit costs, contract labor costs, capitol purchases and asset purchases ie: computers and iPads. 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-Proposal Conference
Applicant Workshops are strongly encouraged. Attending the current year's workshop will be a scored portion of the application.

Applicant Workshops :

- Tuesday, August 15, 2023, 5:30 PM
The Catalyst
214 N Pennsylvania Ave
Cle Elum, WA 98922

- Thursday, August 17, 2023, 5:30 PM
Ellensburg Chamber of Commerce Board Room
609 North Main St.
Ellensburg, WA 98926

Pre-Application Information
- Applicant Workshops :Tuesday, August 15, 2023, 5:30 PM; Thursday, August 17, 2023, 5:30 PM
- Application Deadline: Friday, September 22, 2023. 4:00 PM
-Oral presentations of proposals to CLTAC: Friday, December 1, 2023
- Applicant Award Notification and fund availability: TBA

All funds awarded under this program will be available in the form of reimbursable grants. The funds will be available for reimbursement beginning January 1 and ending December 31 of the calendar year immediately following award notification.

View this year's workshop:

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.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Kittitas County Courthouse
Kittitas County Auditor
Attn: Lodging Tax Grant Funds Reimbursement
205 W 5th Ave
Ellensburg, WA 98926-2887

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