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The Sequim City Council approved the use of $50,000 of the City of Sequim Lodging Tax Funds for a new round of Tourism Sustainability Grants. Non-profit tourism related organizations within the Sequim School District boundaries are eligible to apply. Many organizations are gearing up to bring back events and marketing programs that support the tourism industry in Sequim. The intent of the grant is to assist organizations with funding that is essential to the on-going operations of facilities owned by the organization or to help cover the additional expenses of adapting their organization or event to adhere to the guidelines required by the State of Washington and Clallam County Health to meet the standards for public health. The grants are expected to be awarded up to $5,000 per organization.
Lodging Tax is a restricted fund and may only be used for the specific purposes of:
1) Tourism marketing;
2) The marketing and operations of special events and festivals to attract tourists;
3) Supporting the operations and capital expenditures of tourism-related facilities owned or operated by a municipality or public facilities district;
4) Supporting the operations of tourism-related facilities owned or operated by non-profit organizations.
Applicants will need to indicate which of these criteria their use of the funds will meet.
Applications are due to the City of Sequim by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15. The applications will be reviewed by the Sequim Lodging Tax Advisory Committee at a special meeting on April 20 and reviewed by the Sequim City Council at their meeting on April 25.
Applications and guidelines are available here. Please submit applications by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by regular mail to Communications and Marketing Director Barbara Hanna, City of Sequim, 152 West Cedar Street, Sequim, WA 98382.
Please contact Communications and Marketing Director Barbara Hanna at (360) 681-3422 or email@example.com with questions.