The city of Spokane Valley is accepting applications from nonprofit and public agencies to fund events and marketing activities in 2019 that promote tourism and enhance the city’s local economy.
Applications and any supporting documentation must be submitted no later than 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5, to the city to be considered for funding.
Proposals will be accepted for activities that bring out-of-area visitors to Spokane Valley to enjoy local hotels, shops, restaurants, recreational activities and other services. The city’s Lodging Tax revenues provide funding for the tourism awards. Funding is available for:
- Tourism marketing activities
- Marketing and operations of special events and festivals
- Operations and capital expenditures for tourism-related facilities owned or operated by a municipality or public facilities district
- Operations of tourism-related facilities owned or operated by nonprofit organizations
Please note that the city prefers to avoid funding employee salaries as well as automobiles, boats, trailers, golf carts and other assets where insurance is needed and the risk of loss is greater.
Lodging Tax revenues are generated by a tax imposed on overnight stays at hotels and motels within the city. Revenues are dedicated specifically to funding tourism-related events and marketing activities.
Last year, nine organizations received tourism awards ranging from $2,000 to $70,000 in support of local fairs and festivals, sporting events, visitor attraction and other tourism-related efforts.
Applicants should review the city’s Lodging Tax Grant Application for specific guidelines. Applications are accessible at spokanevalley.org (select “Departments” on top menu and then select “Finance”) or by contacting Sarah Farr at 720-5041 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Copies are also available at City Hall, 10210 E. Sprague Avenue in Spokane Valley.