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Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Public Agencies, and For-Profits for Tourism and Cultural Projects

Hotel-Motel Grant Program


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City of Ferndale
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Geographic Focus
USA: Washington: Ferndale

Important Dates
Deadline: 08/31/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Washington nonprofit and for-profit organizations and public agencies for tourism and cultural projects in eligible regions. Funding is intended for marketing, festivals, capital expenditures, and operations of special events for tourism-related facilities. Applicants must serve the residents of Ferndale.

The objective of the City of Ferndale Lodging Tax Advisory Committee Process is to support projects which encourage eligible tourism and cultural activities and support tourism facilities in Ferndale.

Funding from the program may be used, directly by local jurisdictions, or indirectly through a convention and visitors bureau or destination marketing organization, for the marketing and operations of special events and festivals and to support the operations and capital expenditures of tourism-related facilities owned by nonprofit organizations described under section 501(c)(3) and section 501(c)(6) of the internal revenue code of 1986, as amended.

Events, projects, activities, and facilities that also serve the broader community will be given preference.

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

  • "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.
  • "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 are preferred.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility of applications and projects is defined broadly to encourage wide participation and innovative proposals.

Nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and for-profit organizations are eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information
The general application period shall be open on June 22nd thru August 31st.

At the request of the CityCouncil, 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 invoice the City for reimbursement under contract guidelines.

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

Contact Information
Please send all completed applications and any questions to Deputy City Clerk Michelle Williams at or 360-685-2358.

City of Ferndale
2095 Main Street – P.O. Box 936
Ferndale, WA 98248

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