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Grants to Washington Agencies and Nonprofits to Promote Tourism in Eligible Locations

2024 Lodging Tax / Tourism Fund (Civic Improvement Fund)


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City of Bainbridge Island
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Geographic Focus
USA: Washington: Bainbridge Island

Important Dates
Conference Date: 09/06/23
Deadline: 10/02/23 4:00 PM Save

Grant Description
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 projects to receive funding under the Civic Improvement Fund. Proposals must be for tourism marketing projects, marketing and operations of special events or festivals, the operation of eligible tourism-related facilities, or capital expenses for an eligible tourism-related facility.

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. 


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.
- Applicants may be: convention and visitors’ bureaus, destination marketing organizations, main street organizations, lodging associations, chambers of commerce, nonprofit organizations, or a municipality (defined as any city, town or county).

- Individual persons are not eligible for funding.
- For-profit, private businesses are not eligible for funding.

Ineligible Proposals:
- 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.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Pre-Application Information Session for Interested Applicants:
Opportunity for applicants to learn more about process and ask questions about the RFP
Wednesday, Sept 6, 2023 1 p.m. (Webinar:;

Webinar ID: 892 8404 9522

Pre-Application Information
Proposals are due no later than 4:00 pm, Monday, October 2, 2023.

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:


Estimated Size of Grant
In general, awards will be made in amounts between $5,000 and $200,000. Applications that exceed $200,000 are allowed; these applicants may receive additional questions or requests for documentation to support the request. Awards will not be made for amounts less than $5,000 to support efficiency on the part of both the applicant organizations and City administration.

Term of Contract
Proposals must fund expenses incurred during January 1 – December 31, 2024. Funding requests for goods or services to be provided in 2023 or beyond calendar year 2024 will not be considered.

Contact Information
Email proposals to

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

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