For the first time, the City of Gig Harbor is opening a Spring call for 2021 events and tourism-related projects funded through Lodging Tax grants. The total grant amount of $50,000 will be available, with a maximum award of $20,000 per application.
OPEN NOW - Applications are due by March 31, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Events will need to happen within the 2021 calendar year.
WHO CAN APPLY? Non-profits operating events or installations that attract tourism to Gig Harbor. Examples of past grant recipients include: the Gig Harbor Film Festival; Harbor History Museum; Peninsula Art League; Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation’s Race for a Soldier; Harbor WildWatch; Gig Harbor BoatShop; then Downtown Waterfront Alliance’s Waterfront Farmers’ Market. Each grant recipient is required to submit a report showcasing a measurable drive in tourism to Gig Harbor.
Funding for this program comes from the City of Gig Harbor Lodging Tax Fund which receives a percentage of hotel/motel taxes from lodging establishments inside the city limits. The City collects a tax on charges for overnight lodging. These funds are distributed by the Department of Revenue back to the City of Gig Harbor for the funding of tourism related capital facilities, non-event operations, and event marketing and operations.
LTAC Grants can be used for:
• Tourism Promotion/Marketing
• Operation of a Tourism Promotion Agency
• Operation of a Tourism-Related Facility owned or operated or non-profit organization
• Operation and/or Capital Costs of a Tourism-Related Facility owned by a municipality
The next round of grants for events and operations in 2022 will open for applications in mid-August 2021; the city anticipates offering the same amount for next year’s grants as offered in 2021 – a total of $125,000, with a maximum of $20,000 per project awarded.
For more information and to apply, visit the city’s website at: http://cityofgigharbor.net/734/Lodging-Tax-Grants. Alternately, please contact the Tourism & Communications Office at 253-579-6158 or firstname.lastname@example.org.