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Lodging Tax Grant Funds

Grants to Grant County, Washington Nonprofits, Agencies,
and For-Profits to Promote Local Tourism

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Grant County Tourism

Deadline Date:

12/04/17 5:00 PM Receipt or Postmark

Description:

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Grants to Grant County, Washington nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and in limited cases, for-profit organizations for projects and events that promote local tourism. Funding will only be provided for tourism promotion and for marketing projects, as outlined below.

1. The promotion of emerging or on-going tourism events, facilities, and activities by government or nonprofit agencies so as to attract and draw tourists.
2. Operation of a tourism promotion agency
3. Capital and/or operating costs for county-owned facilities
4. Paying all or any part of the cost of tourism promotion
5. Acquiring tourism related facilities
6. Operating tourism related facilities
7. Funding of a multi-jurisdictional tourism related facility

Eligible Grant Categories:

General Tourism Promotion– This category provides funds to promote or publicize tourism promotion programs in Grant County. This could include, but is not limited to, such programs as producing a marketing brochure highlighting the county’s unique tourist features; and the implementation of certain tourism elements of an Economic Development Plan.

Special Events/Festivals – This category will provide funds to projects that promote existing and new special events/festivals. These special events/festivals, either existing or new, must be open to all and have a clear goal of attracting tourist to the county. Proposals for existing special events/festivals must demonstrate that requested funds are for expanded tourist related elements and not simply to replace existing funding.

Capital Projects – This category will provide funds to support County-owned capital projects related to tourism.

Awarded Projects Should:

- Generate overnight stays in Grant County hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and campgrounds (this will enhance regular sales tax as well as regenerate Hotel/Motel tax revenues)
- Encourage support of Grant County businesses, restaurants and attractions
- Promote the county as a destination place. Recipients are to use the Grant County tourism logo if the award is for co-sponsored event. If the award is not a co-sponsored event the recipient should note on any advertising material that “Tourism support provided by Grant County’s Lodging Tax Fund”.
- Attract positive coverage in local, regional and national media
- Attract visitors, build new audiences and stimulate the development of other tourism opportunities
- Promote the unique attributes of Grant County for tourists
- Support regional tourism planning/promotion
- Support long-lasting assets, capital facilities/amenities
- Increase awareness of the county’s amenities, history, facilities and natural environment
- Use seed money for innovative, new programs
- Take an existing program in a new direction
- Have broad-based community appeal or support
- Reflect excellent quality in content or programming

Successful applicants should:

- Have a demonstrated history of successful use of grant and/or public funding
- Have a demonstrated ability to successfully complete the proposed project through effective business practices in the areas of finance, administration, marketing and production
- Have a demonstrated ability to successfully complete the proposed project through effective business practices in the areas of finance, administration, marketing and production
- Document and measure the overall economic impact—estimate number of visitors and overnight stays; forecast direct and indirect dollar expenditures by visitors; forecast expected revenue to the project/event and expenditures associated with any public service required
- Provide a method for evaluating the proposed project upon completion, based upon the above requirements.
- Seek multiple sources of support rather than rely on Grant County as a single funding source
- Work toward total self-sufficiency in funding
- Encourage volunteer involvement and inter-jurisdictional, corporate, business and/or civic partnerships
- Use the hotel/motel tax funds to leverage funds from other sources

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149027

Term of Contract:

The county does not make any multi-year commitments with LTAC funds, however, service providers are not limited or prohibited from making repeat annual requests of the same nature or for projects that span more than one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant County considers lodging tax funded proposals from government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and in limited cases, for-profit organizations.

The program is open to grant applications from any public and/or private entity with the demonstrated ability to accomplish the proposed project. This includes, but is not limited to, Grant County; nonprofit arts, cultural, heritage, educational, and community organizations; museums; historical societies; chambers of commerce; and other public or private business groups. Informal groups are eligible to apply under the umbrella of another eligible organization as a fiscal agent. Collaborative projects are encouraged.

Eligibility of sponsors and projects are defined broadly to encourage wide participation and innovative proposals.

Organizations may apply for and receive funding in subsequent years; however, continuity of funds is not guaranteed.

Proposals must comply with federal, state, and county laws and requirements. Note: Grant County may not use public funds in any way that can be construed as a gift to an individual or organization.

Restrictions:

1. A municipality lacks authority to allocate lodging tax revenue to operate a tourism-related facility in which the municipality has no ownership interest.

2. A municipality may not spend lodging tax revenue on operating expenses of special events and festivals designed to attract tourists where such events and festivals are operated by non-governmental entities.

3. A municipality may not provide advance payment to private organizations for tourism promotion; payment must occur after the services have been performed.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposal Deadline: 1st Monday in December – 5:00 p.m. (received or postmarked)

Note: All reimbursements will be made after payments for the services have been performed. It is your responsibility to pay for the services. Please include invoices and tear sheets with your request for reimbursement. Please use the Grant County Tourism Logo in all advertisements.

Matching Fund Requirement:

While matching funds are not required, the amount of additional funds, supplies, materials and staff time an organization brings to an event is a good measure of that organization’s commitment to success.

Contact Information:

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

To be considered, a fully completed and signed original application, plus five complete copies with requested supporting documents, must be received at the Grant County Courthouse, 35 C St. N.W., P.O. Box 37, Ephrata, WA 98823.

Contact Jill Hammond at Grant County Administration (509) 754-2011 Ext. 2931.

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USA: Washington: Grant County

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