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for Projects and Events to Generate Tourism

Lodging Tax Fund

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Local

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Kittitas County

Conf. Date:

08/24/22

Deadline Date:

09/23/22 4:00 PM

Description:

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

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

  • Tourism marketing;
  • The marketing and operations of special events and festivals designed to attract tourists;
  • 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:

  • 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.

The Lodging Tax Advisory Committees have determined that certain types of activities are eligible for funding awards. These include anything affiliated with 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 Workshop: Thursday, August 24, 2022, 3:00 PM

*Applicant Workshops are strongly encouraged. Attending the current year's workshop will be a scored portion of the application.

Zoom Instructions:
Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84669892308
Meeting ID: 846 6989 2308 Passcode: 214239

Pre-Application Information:

Schedule:
- Submission Deadline: Friday, September 23, 2022 at 4:00pm
- Oral presentations of proposals to CLTAC: Friday, November 18, 2022
- 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 the Recording: https://youtu.be/8aSEXBUiHhY

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://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/auditor/accounting/lodging-tax/application-form/cltac-application-form.aspx

Jerry V. Pettit
Kittitas County Courthouse
205 W 5th Ave
Ellensburg, WA 98926-2887
509-962-7504
509-962-7687 fax
auditor@co.kittitas.wa.us

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: Kittitas County and the Cities of Cle Elum, Ellensburg, and Roslyn

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