Tourism / Economic Development Grant

Tourism / Economic Development Grant (Lodging Tax Funded)

Application for Lodging Tax Funding

Submittal deadline: - January 31, 2022, 5:00 p.m.

The City of Arlington is accepting applications from public and non-profit agencies for projects that promote economic development and tourism in the City. To be eligible for consideration, your complete proposal must be received by the deadline, (incomplete grant applications will not be reviewed and will not be eligible for funding). Please submit a separate application for each event or project requested for funding. 

Directions are in the application.   Questions: Contact Kristin Garcia kgarcia@arlingtonwa.gov 360-403-3431

Lodging Tax, What can it fund? Authorized uses of lodging tax can be found within RCW 67.28.1816 at http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW.
Lodging taxes can be used for:

  • Tourism marketing
  • Marketing and operations of special events and festivals
  • Operations of tourism-related facilities owned by non-profit organizations
  • Operations and capital expenditures of tourism related facilities owned by municipalities

Tourism Economic Recovery Grant, Round 2 (ARPA Funded)

CLOSED.

First Round applications were due October 25, 2021. Second round applications were due Dec. 23, 2021.

Questions:            Contact Kristin Garcia kgarcia@arlingtonwa.gov 360-403-3431

Background:

The City of Arlington has $44,312 in available funding for tourism promotion.  The tourism grants will be funded by the Federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).  The U.S. Treasury issued Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to cities, counties and states as part of the American Rescue Plan Act to assist with the economic and public health concerns of COVID-19.  The CFDA number for this grant is 21.027.  The questions and information asked in this application are structured around meeting federal compliance requirements under 2 CFR Part 200 - Uniform Guidance under the Office of Management of Budget.

Goal: 

The Treasury recognized that certain industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality were disproportionately and negatively impacted by COVID-19.  Funding provided to these industries should be in response to the negative economic impacts caused by the pandemic. The goal of this funding is to limit the COVID-19 economic impacts in 2022 for groups who host events in Arlington.

Funding:

The City is offering grants up to $20,000 per application.   Only one application per organization will be accepted. The organization is required to match 25% of the net project cost with local funds.  Federal funds from another source cannot be used toward the match.  

50% funding will be provided at the time of award and 50% after conclusion of the project, unless the organization invoices the City of Arlington sooner.  The award contract will specify required deliverables in order to receive funding this grant award. The city reserves the right to partially fund or not fund any grant request.

Eligibility Criteria:  (must meet all of the following)

  • The project/event must take place within City of Arlington city limits
  • The organization applying for funding must have a current business license on file with the City of Arlington at the time of application.  Non-profit organizations are exempt from the business license requirement.

Allowable Expenses:   Funding can be used to pay for tourism marketing, event performers, vendor costs and expenses related to compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols.  Funding cannot be used for salaries/benefits other personnel costs, alcohol, giveaways, equipment or other capital items.  Salaries/benefits and other personnel costs may be used to meet matching requirements as long as those costs are paid for by local funding sources. In-kind contributions such as volunteer hours are acceptable methods to meet the matching requirement.  The value of all in-kind contributions must be clearly documented.

Period of Performance:  The project and all expenses must be obligated no later than December 31, 2022 and spent by February 1, 2023.