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2023 Lodging Tax / Tourism Fund (Civic Improvement Fund)

City of Bainbridge Island


Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #147645

Grant Description

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Grants to Washington municipalities, public facilities districts, and nonprofit organizations to promote tourism in eligible locations. Funding may be used for the operation and marketing of festivals and special events, and for capital expenses and the operation of tourism-related facilities. Eligible proposals benefit the City of Bainbridge Island.

The City of Bainbridge Island is seeking proposals for visitor projects and activities for 2023. Approved projects would be funded by the City’s Civic Improvement Fund. Civic Improvement Funds may be used to create new visitor promotion programs or to support or enhance existing programs.

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. 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant Eligibility:
• Applicants seeking funding for capital expenditures for a tourism-related facility must be a municipality or a public facilities district created under Chapters 35.57 and 36.100 RCW.
• Applicants seeking funding for operating expenditures for a tourism-related facility must be a municipality or a public facilities district, or be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a nonprofit under 26 U.S.C. Sec. 501(c)(3) or 26 U.S.C. Sec. 501(c)(6).
• Applicants, other than municipalities or a public facilities district, must be registered with the Washington Secretary of State as a Washington State Corporation.
• Individual persons are not eligible for funding.
• For-profit, private businesses are not eligible for funding.
• Proposals from non-City 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.
• 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.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are due no later than 4:00 pm, Thursday, September 29, 2022.

Successful applicants will be required to enter into a professional services agreement with the City to provide the services or products outlined in their proposals. 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.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$350,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may seek a minimum award of $2,000 and a maximum award of $175,000 (to reflect 50% of total available funds).

Term of Contract:

Funding may be used for expenses incurred during January 1 – December 31, 2023. Funding requests for goods or services to be provided in 2022 or beyond calendar year 2023 will not be considered.

The City does not make multi-year commitments with Lodging Tax funds; however, service providers are not limited to nor are applicants prohibited from making repeat annual requests of a similar nature.

Contact Information:

Email proposals to cityadmin@bainbridgewa.gov.

For any questions about the application process, please contact Executive Assistant Roz Lassoff at 206.842.2545 or rlassoff@bainbridgewa.gov.

City of Bainbridge Island
280 Madison Avenue North
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

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