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Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Agencies, and For-Profits
for Projects that Encourage Tourism in Eligible Locations

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Grants to Washington nonprofits, agencies, and for-profits in eligible areas for projects that encourage cultural activities and local tourism. Funding is intended to cover operational or capital costs of city-owned facilities; promotional activities, such as marketing or advertising; or the operation of non-city run special events, festivals, or activities. Eligible activities attract visitors to Ferndale.

The law allows the use of lodging tax revenues in either of two broad categories: tourism promotion or tourism-related facilities. 

  1. "Tourism promotion" is defined as activities designed to increase tourism, including but not limited to advertising, publicizing, or otherwise distributing information for the purpose of attracting and welcoming tourists; developing strategies to expand tourism; operating tourism promotion agencies; and funding marketing of special events and festivals designed to attract tourists. 
  2. "Tourism-related facility" means real or tangible personal property with a usable life of three or more years, or constructed with volunteer labor, and used to support tourism, performing arts, or to accommodate tourist activities.

Seed money that will help establish the activity, program, event, organization, or facility which will later function successfully on its own is preferred.

Evaluation criteria include:

  1. Community Economic Impact
  2. Resources Available for Event or Facility
  3. Builds on Identified Community Assets/Tourism Promotion
  4. Meets Community Objectives
  5. Meets the Requirements of the Hotel/Motel Tax Law

For details on evaluation criteria, see Page 3 of the Application in Supporting Documents, below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 147642

Term of Contract:

Multiple-year funding of projects will be considered, but it is more difficult to obtain.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants can be non-profits, public agencies, or for-profit entities.

Pre-Application Information:

The general application period shall be open from June 17 through July 31, 2020.

At the request of the City Council, or at the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee's own discretion, grant applications may be considered at other times of the year. However, because of the City's budget cycle and because of the Committee's preference to review grant applications simultaneously and comparatively, the likelihood of gaining approval outside of the primary application period is diminished.

The applicant must understand that the City's support for funded projects is on a reimbursement basis; i.e., no funds can be advanced in support of a project. Grantees must first incur costs and then bill the City for reimbursement under contract guidelines.

Contact Information:

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

Direct questions to:
Riley Sweeney, Communications Officer
(360) 685-2353

City Hall
P.O. Box 936/2095 Main St.
Ferndale, WA 98248

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USA: Washington: City of Ferndale

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