17 local nonprofits awarded county lodging tax grants

(Among the LTAC awards was to the Shehekin Heritage group, which annually prints the Stehekin Guidebook. Photo is from the historic Buckner Orchard in Stehekin.)


Chelan County commissioners recently approved the awarding of nearly $223,000 in lodging tax dollars to a variety of tourist-related organizations.

Lodging tax dollars are generated by local lodging establishments. In Chelan County, about half the money generated in a year is allocated to six local chambers as well as the Cascade Loop and TREAD. Another portion is used to operate the county’s Visit Chelan County campaign.

The remaining money is offered annually in the form of grants to tourist-related organizations, such as festivals and museums. The county’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) reviews these applications for the funding, making its recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners.

“LTAC was very excited by several of the applications that came in this year,” said Tiffany Gering, Chelan County commissioner. “We have a lot of organizations in Chelan County doing great work to attract people to our communities, which in turn helps grow our economy.”

In 2022, 17 groups or nonprofit agencies will receive a portion of the $222,900 allocated in grants. They will use the money in a variety of efforts, from marketing and outreach to new and well-established festivals to museum exhibits and event guest speakers. The recipients are:

The Wenatchee Bluegrass Festival: $10,000 for the musical event

Cashmere Museum & Pioneer Village: $24,000 for marketing and programs

Chelan County Expo Center: $20,000 for operations and promotions

Lake Chelan Arts Council: $5,000 for the 2022 festival

Lake Chelan Wine Alliance: $30,000 for promotions

Lake Chelan Wine and Jazz Festival: $33,000 for the annual festival

Leavenworth Summer Theater: $15,000 for the summer season

Leavenworth Village Voices: $3,000 for 2022 Christmas choral performances

Manson Apple Blossom: $5,000 for the annual festival

Stehekin Heritage: $3,500 for the Stehekin Guidebook

District 19 of the American Contract Bridge League: $5,000 for the Leavenworth regional event

Two Rivers Medieval Faire: $4,000 for the event

Upper Valley Historical Society: $12,000 for promotions at the Greater Leavenworth Museum

Autumn Leaf Festival: $15,000 for the annual Leavenworth festival

Wenatchee River Institute: $3,400 for the Leavenworth Spring Bird Festival

Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center: $20,000 for promotions

Chelan-Douglas Land Trust: $15,000 for Wenatchee trail system trail maintenance

Overall, the county received 29 applications. However, several of the applications were for capital projects. Those applications were not considered in this round; however, LTAC plans another call for applications related to tourism-related capital projects.

“We hope to have a round of capital funding requests sometime early next year,” Gering said. “So please watch for that announcement in the spring on our website.”

The LTAC website is available here.

Last Updated: 11/30/2021 09:00 AM

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