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2019 Lodging Tax / Tourism Fund (Civic Improvement Fund)

Grants to Bainbridge Island, Washington Agencies
and Nonprofits to Increase Tourism to the City

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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City of Bainbridge Island

Deadline Date:

09/21/18 4:00 PM

Description:

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Grants starting at $2,000 to Bainbridge Island, Washington municipality, public facilities districts, and nonprofits for projects to increase tourism to the City. Funding is intended for marketing, operations, and capital expenses related to tourism and tourism-related facilities.

The City Council has approved funding within a wide range, to encourage innovative projects of all sizes that recognize and promote the exciting – and expanding – tourism trends and opportunities happening on Bainbridge Island.

Funds must be used for: tourism marketing; marketing and operations of special events and festivals designed to attract tourists; operations and capital expenditures of tourism-related facilities owned or operated by a municipality or a public facilities district; or operations of tourism-related facilities owned or operated by nonprofit organizations.

The LTAC will use the following criteria in evaluating project proposals. Other relevant factors, such as availability of funds, may also guide the decision process.

A. Encourages tourism from visitors traveling more than 50 miles, and from visitors traveling from outside Washington state or outside the country.
B. Expected impact on increase in overnight stays in paid accommodations on the island.
C. Expected increase in tourism. Tourism means economic activity resulting from tourists, which may include sales of overnight lodging, meals, tours, gifts, or souvenirs.
D. Potential to draw visitors to the Island and increase overnight stays during the off-season, October 1 until Memorial Day.
E. The applicant’s demonstrated history of organizational and project success, including but not limited to previous LTAC-funded projects.
F. The project reflects partnerships with other organizations and businesses, to encourage cooperative tourism marketing and minimize duplication of services.
G. The project goals and/or results can be objectively assessed.
H. The project will leverage award funds with additional matching funds or donated in-kind goods or services.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147645

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$260,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may seek a minimum award of $2,000 and a maximum award of $130,000 (to reflect 50% of total available funds).

Term of Contract:

Funding may be used for expenses incurred during January 1 – December 31, 2019.

The City does not make multi-year commitments with Lodging Tax funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants seeking funding for capital expenditures for a tourism-related facility must be a municipality or a public facilities district.

Applicants seeking funding for operating expenditures for a tourism-related facility must a municipality or a public facilities district, or be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a nonprofit.

Applicants, other than municipalities or a public facilities district, must be registered with the Washington Secretary of State as a Washington State Corporation.

Proposals involving special events, signs, building or construction, impacts to public property, or other activities that require permits under City code or state or federal law must demonstrate that the applicant has researched the appropriate permit regulations, confirmed the viability of the proposed activities, and incorporated permit fees in the project budget.

Restrictions:
- Individual persons are not eligible for funding.
- For-profit, private businesses are not eligible for funding.
- Funding requests for goods or services to be provided in 2018 or beyond calendar year 2019 will not be considered.
- Proposals from organizations with a board member, officer, or staff member serving on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee are not eligible for funding and will not be considered.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are due no later than 4:00 PM, Friday, September 21, 2018.

The award process typically involves member participation in 1-2 orientation meetings in September, and then 2-3 meetings to receive and review proposals in October and November.

Payment by the City will be made only when documentation of delivery of contracted services or products is provided to the City. The City will not provide payment in advance of delivery of goods or services.

Contact Information:

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

Submit the proposal via email to:
cityadmin@bainbridgewa.gov

Susie Burdick, Eligible Recipient Organization Representative
susie.burdick@cobicommitteeemail.com

Dominique Cantwell, Eligible Recipient Organization Representative
dominique.cantwell@cobicommitteeemail.com

Nancy Fortner, Eligible Lodging Organization Representative
nancy.fortner@cobicommitteeemail.com

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: City of Bainbridge Island