The city of Bellingham is accepting applications for tourism promotion grants for events and projects to be held in 2017.
The last round of grants, for 2016, totaled more than $196,000, with grants ranging from $1,450 to $20,000.
Major recipients included Recreation Northwest, with a total of $25,000 for three events, and Spark Museum of Electric Invention and Pickford Film Center, with $20,000 each.
The program is designed to support the marketing and promotion of projects or events that bring tourists to Bellingham. Money for the grants comes from the city’s share of sales taxes collected on overnight stays in the city.
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This year, the city is offering a startup grant of up to $5,000 for events, programs or projects that are less than 3 years old, in addition to the standard grant application.
The deadline to submit grant applications is 5 p.m. Sept. 9. Applications are available in the Planning and Community Development Department at Bellingham City Hall, and at the city website – go to cob.org and search for “tourism promotion fund.”
Interested parties are encouraged to attend an optional open house on the program from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 18 in the mayor’s boardroom in City Hall. Details: Shannon Taysi, firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-778-8360.