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2020 Lodging Tax / Tourism Fund (Civic Improvement Fund)

Grants to Bainbridge Island, Washington Agencies
and Nonprofits to Support Tourism Events and Facilities

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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City of Bainbridge Island

Deadline Date:

09/16/19 4:00 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grants starting at $2,000 to Bainbridge Island, Washington municipalities, public facilities districts, and nonprofit organizations for projects and activities that attract tourists to the area. Funding is intended for marketing, operations, and capital expenses related to festivals, special events, 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. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147645

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$275,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may seek a minimum award of $2,000 and a maximum award of $137,500 (to reflect 50% of total available funds).

Term of Contract:

Funding may be used for expenses incurred during January 1 – December 31, 2020. Funding requests for goods or services to be provided in 2019 or beyond calendar year 2020 will not be considered.

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:

2020 Lodging Tax Funding Cycle:

- Tuesday, July 30 - Request for Proposal Issued
- Monday, September 16 (no later than 4:00 pm) - Proposal Deadline
- Monday, September 30 (5:00-7:00 pm) - Applicant Presentations
- Monday, October 21 (5:00-7:00 pm) - Deliberations

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.

Applicants seeking funding should be aware that, starting with the 2021 award cycle, applicants may not receive funding for the same activity more than three (3) years in a row.

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

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