The application for the City of Arlington Lodging Tax Grant program for projects that promote economic development and tourism in the City is now available. Applications are available on the City’s website or by contacting the Finance Department at 360-403-3421. Applications can also be picked up at 238 N. Olympic Avenue Arlington, WA 98223. Applications may only be accepted from public and non-profit agencies for projects that promote economic development and tourism in the City.
GRANT PROGRAM TRAINING
A training on the grant program, the application, and the selection criteria will be held on August 22, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Arlington City Council Chambers. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend this informative and essential training.
GRANT APPLICATION DUE DATE
Completed applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on October 2, 2018. Applications must be submitted to the Finance Office Attn: Kristin Garcia, Finance Director at 238 N. Olympic Avenue Arlington, WA 98223 or can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is the responsibility of the applicant to confirm receipt of the application. Faxed applications will not be accepted. Please submit one copy of your application. Please do not double side your application and please do not use any other paper size that 8 ½ x 11.
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.
GRANT APPLICATION REVIEW SCHEDULE
Each proposal submitted will be considered by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) for recommendation to the City Council for final decision. The committee shall have the authority to negotiate concerning the content of any applicant’s proposal.
|Applicant Training||August 22, 2018|
City Council Chambers
|Application Period Opens||August 31, 2018|
|Application Due Date||October 2, 2018|
|LTAC Initial Review Period||October 9, 2018 - October 29, 2018|
|Joint meeting with LTAC and City Council||October 29, 2018|
City Council Chambers
|Applicant Interviews||November 7, 2018|
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
|LTAC Final Review Period||November 7, 2018 - November 20, 2018|
|Recommendation to Council||December 10, 2018|
|Council Action||December 17, 2018|
|Contracts mailed to successful applicants||December 18-21, 2018|
LODGING TAX – WHAT CAN IT FUND?
Authorized uses of lodging tax can be found within RCW 67.28.1816. 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.