What is the purpose of the grant program and the source of funding?

The primary purpose of the Grant Program is to support tourism related projects and programs through arts/cultural, sporting activities, recreation, heritage or community based activities. Funds must be used for marketing and promotional purposes only, such as hiring a marketing professional or advertising agency to push your event to audiences 50 miles away or more.  

This program is funded through the city share of state tax on lodging rentals (hotels/motels) with program funding and specific grant awards dependent on recommendations of the City Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC).  

The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 67.28.080 provides authority for cities to adopt a lodging tax. The City of Bothell has adopted a 1% lodging tax rate and may invest these revenues into events or programs that attract visitors in and around Bothell.

The Bothell Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is awarding up to $50,000 for 2020. These funds will be used for marketing/advertising for events/activities designed to attract overnight stays in Bothell.  

The City Manager’s Office provides administrative support to the applicant. Please contact the Tourism Manager at 425-806-6143 for any questions or assistance about the guidelines or application.

Awards are typically up to $10,000 and the amount granted may not be the exact amount requested.

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1. What is the purpose of the grant program and the source of funding?
2. Who can apply?
3. What minimum requirements must an event meet?
4. Which projects do NOT qualify for a Tourism Grant?
5. What is the evaluation process?
6. What criteria is used to evaluate applications?
7. What is the selection process?
8. Any additional information that an applicant should know beforehand?