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Bid Title: 2018 Lodging Tax Fund Application Opportunity
Category: Economic Development
Status: Closed

Description:

2018 funding requests are now being accepted by the City of Port Angeles.

Applications for Lodging Tax/Tourism Promotion Funding are due September 22, 2017 at the Community and Economic Development Office in City Hall.

What is the Lodging Excise Tax Fund[BB1] ?

Funding for this program comes from the Port Angeles Lodging Tax Fund which receives 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 Port Angeles for the funding of tourism related capital facilities, non-event operations, and event marketing and operations. Event marketing and operations will have a separate application process once the City Council has approved the budget allocation for events in 2018.

This application is for Tourism Related Capital Facilities and Non-Event Operations

What can be funded with Lodging Tax Revenue for Capital Facilities and Non-Event Operations?

Lodging taxes can be used for:

  • Tourism marketing,
    • Operations of tourism-related facilities owned or operated by nonprofit organizations, operations
    • Capital expenditures of tourism related facilities owned by the City of Port Angeles.

 [BB1]Remember to include a statement about event and non-event funding differences


Who May Apply?

The 2018 funding program is open to non-profit tourism organizations with the demonstrated ability to achieve tourism goals as outlined below.

  • Increase hotel occupancy in Port Angeles by creating overnight stays.
  • Increase overnight stays during the off season.
  • Provide visitor attractions and/or promote the area's existing attractions.
    • Attract more businesses to Port Angeles and thereby generate additional business for hotels and motels.

As a result of State Legislative changes made in the 2013 session, all applications must include estimates of how funding the activity will result in increases to people staying overnight, travelling 50 miles or more, or coming from another state or country. To ensure this data is collected, the City is now required to have applicants provide additional information in the lodging tax application.

Selection and Award Process

Funding of the program and specific awards are dependent on recommendations of the City's Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC). The LTAC will receive all applications and recommend a list of candidates and funding levels that will be forwarded to the Port Angeles City Council for final determination. Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis.

The LTAC and City Council will make awards based on the most competitive applications that meet the criteria for funding outlined in the previous paragraph. Event budget allocation is a part of this process, and event applicants will be notified of the event grant request for proposals only after the Lodging Tax Fund awards have been approved.

Application Requirements

All organizations seeking funding under this program must submit a completed application form along with all required documentation in order to be considered for funding. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.

Applications must be received at Port Angeles City Hall by 3:30 p.m. on September 20, 2018. Please submit only one fully completed and signed original and one digital copy. All applications must be able to be clearly reproduced in black and white on 8.5x11 sized paper.

Port Angeles City Hall mailing address:

                                                Ben Braudrick

                                                Department of Community and Economic Development

                                                321 E. Fifth Street

                                                Port Angeles, WA 98362

For more information contact Ben Braudrick at (360) 417-4804 or by email at:

Publication Date/Time:
8/18/2017 12:00 AM
Closing Date/Time:
9/20/2017 3:30 PM
Contact Person:
Ben Braudrick, Assistant Planner
321 E. 5th Street
Port Angeles WA, 98362
(360)417-4804
bbraudrick@cityofpa.us
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