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Grants to Washington Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible Regions to Promote Local Tourism


Geographic Focus

USA: Washington: Thurston County and the City of Olympia

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Lodging Tax Funding Grant

City of Olympia - Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #148979

Grant Description

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Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible regions to operate tourism facilities or provide tourism services to attract visitors to the area. Funding is intended for capital or operating expenses of tourism-related facilities, as well as for marketing and operating expenses for events and festivals designed to attract tourists. Eligible programs promote tourism in Thurston County and the City of Olympia.

High priority will be given to tourism activities that:

  • Have a demonstrated potential or high potential from the Committee’s perspective to result in overnight stays by tourists in lodging establishments within the City of Olympia. 
  • Promote Olympia and/or events, activities, and places in the City of Olympia to potential tourists from outside Thurston County. 
  • Have demonstrated high potential from the Committee’s perspective to result in documented economic benefit to Olympia. 
  • Have a demonstrated history of success in Olympia, or are proposed by a group with a demonstrated history or high potential of success with similar activities. 
  • Minimize duplication of services where appropriate and encourage cooperative marketing and/or includes an element of cooperation or partnership. 
  • Provide, maintain, operate, or enhance City-owned tourism facilities or infrastructure.

For information about Committee considerations, see:

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit and government agencies that provided tourism services or operate tourism facilities are eligible to apply for funding from Olympia's Lodging Tax.

Under Olympia's guidelines, tourism promotion must be to audiences outside Thurston County.

The City of Olympia will only consider proposals for use of the Lodging Tax Fund from public and nonprofit agencies.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2022 Lodging Tax Fund Application deadline is Monday, September 26th, at 4 p.m. – received at Olympia City Hall.

Applications for the next year's funding round are usually accepted from early August to mid or late September. Application packets will be posted on the funding source's web page when available.

To be eligible for consideration, your complete proposal must be received by the deadline. Applications received after the deadline date and time will not be considered. The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee will review proposals in a public meeting on October 13, 2022. Time and login information will be posted on the City website under the meeting calendar section.

The City of Olympia will only reimburse those costs actually incurred by the organization/agency and only after the service is rendered, paid for if provided by a third party, and a signed Request for Reimbursement form (or other form acceptable to the City) has been submitted to the City, including copies of invoices and payment documentation.

The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee usually meets twice a year - in July/August and in early October. Get additional meeting details, agendas, and minutes on the online meeting calendar:

Term of Contract:

The City does not make multi-year commitments for tourism promotion services. However, service providers are not limited or prohibited from making annual requests of the same nature.

Contact Information:

Submit one thumb drive containing a completed application and all attachments in digital form to:

City of Olympia Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
c/o Mike Reid, Economic Development Director
PO Box 1967; Olympia, WA 98507-1967

City Hall Street Address: 601 Fourth Avenue E, Olympia

Contact Mike Reid, Economic Development Director, at 360.753.8591

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