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2022 Lodging Tax Grant Funding Applications Now Available

Sep 28, 2021
The City of Sedro-Woolley is accepting Request for Funding (Requests) from non-profit agencies and groups actively engaged in the promotion and enhancement of tourism in the City of Sedro-Woolley during the calendar year 2022.

Apply:
Online Application for Grant Funding (preferred method)
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Download the fillable form for printing
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Visit City Hall-Finance Department, 325 Metcalf Street, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284 to request an application.

Project Description:
Activities considered eligible for assistance include, but are not limited to, those that increase tourism by promoting and distributing information for the purpose of attracting and welcoming visitors; operation of a tourism promotion agency, and the marketing of events and festivals designed to draw overnight lodging to the city.   The expected outcome of such activities is to increase economic activity in the City of Sedro-Woolley through overnight lodging, visitor spending on dining and attractions, and the sale of gifts, souvenirs and other items to visitors and tourists.  Money is awarded from revenue collected annually from overnight lodging rentals in Sedro-Woolley. Each application must be developed to meet these requirements and provide an economic benefit to the City of Sedro-Woolley. The specific amount of the applicant’s funding  request is open, to be defined by the application.  The total budgeted available funds to be awarded is $30,000.    Each project should be submitted as separate applications, thereby allowing for clear understanding of each project.  Upon completion of the project a final report will need to be submitted.  The Final Report template will be included in the grant award package.

Schedule of Request for Funding Events:
Following is the proposed schedule for the Requests (Note: Specific dates may be adjusted to meet unexpected circumstances):

Application available online or for pickup: October 1-October 31, 2021

Request response to be submitted: November 1, 2021 by 4pm

Lodging Tax Advisory Committee review of requests: Mid November 2021
Committee recommendations to Council for review and approval: Early December 2021
Date project activity may initiate if approved: January 1, 2022
Activity to be completed by: December 31, 2022
Final reports to City staff:  Completion of project activity but no later than December 31, 2022

Project Management:
The City of Sedro-Woolley Finance office will act as coordinator of the Request process, issuing the Request, responding to applicant questions, and notifying applicants as appropriate. Requests must be submitted to Debbie Burton via email at dburton@sedro-woolley.gov OR mailed to City of Sedro-Woolley, 325 Metcalf Street, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284 by 4:00 p.m. on November 1, 2021. Postmarks are NOT acceptable applications must be in the office by due date.  The City of Sedro-Woolley will request a final report of return on investments for allocated funds.

Requests for Funding received after that date will not be accepted or considered.

Selection Process:
Each application will be reviewed by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) for eligible activities, the effectiveness of its proposed projects in meeting the expected outcomes, need and funding requirements. The committee recommendations may be adopted or amended by the City Council without further notice.

Payment: Payment is provided as a reimbursement of approved expenses.