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2023 Lodging Tax funding requests are now open; due Oct. 14

Do you have an idea for a festival or community event that will bring visitors to our area? Or maybe you’re a tourist-related business with a great program that needs a little financial support?

The Chelan County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is calling for projects that may be suitable for financial support via lodging tax dollars.

Chelan County is committed to supporting existing projects and events and developing new initiatives that make an economic difference. Lodging Tax funds generated in unincorporated Chelan County are made available annually for this purpose. Successful grants will be considered utilizing the following criteria:

  1. Increases tourism and convention activity in Chelan County.
  2. Boosts overnight stays and/or increases retail sales primarily in unincorporated Chelan County.
  3. The availability of funds. The current funding available for events/promotions is $280,000.
  4. Meets reporting requirements of the State law.
  5. Overall economic impact to Chelan County.

 

REQUIREMENTS

  1. Turn in a complete, signed and timely application. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Oct. 14, 2022. The application deadline is final; no applications for 2023 funding will be taken after that date.
  2. Funds must be used for an activity/event/project in calendar year 2023.
  3. Your budget must accompany your application, showing the use of your organizations’ and the County’s matching funds. Funds may not be used for administrative costs.
  4. TheVisit Chelan County website address should be included in any marketing funded by the allocation.
  5. A follow-up report must be given within 90 days of the conclusion of the project or event to the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee showing the impact of the funding on the community, ie: attendance, impact on the occupancy/retail sales, publicity, etc.  The report is to include receipts showing how the organizations and Chelan County’s marketing dollars were used.
  6. Applications will be reviewed at LTAC's October meeting. If more information is needed, committee members may request an applicant give a 10-minute presentation to the committee. No additional materials are necessary; however, please be prepared if a committee member should call to schedule a short, in-person interview.

 

HOW TO APPLY

The online application cannot be saved. So please read through the application first and gather your material or answers BEFORE starting the application. Or, save your answers in a Word document and cut and paste them into the application.

Apply Online

This application period is not for capital projects. Please plan for that application period to open before the end of the year.

If you are a for-profit agency or business interested in these funds, please contact Jerri Barkley, Visit Chelan County executive director, at jerri@visitchelancounty.com.

 

Last Updated: 09/22/2022 07:41 AM

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