Tourism Promotion Funding Application - 2021 for 2022

UPDATE: The application deadline has been extended to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8.

The Lewis County Board of County Commissioners is accepting – on behalf of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) – applications for the use of lodging tax funds for the 2022 budget year from nonprofits and governmental organizations whose programs or activities promote tourism in the unincorporated areas of Lewis County.

"Tourism promotion," as defined in RCW 67.28.080, means activities, operations and expenditures designed to increase tourism, including but not limited to advertising, publicizing or otherwise distributing information for the purpose of attracting and welcoming tourists; developing strategies to expand tourism; operating tourism promotion agencies; and funding the marketing of or the operation of special events and festivals designed to attract tourists.

The application deadline is 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

UPDATE: THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 3 P.M. OCT. 8, 2021.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

The application is an online document located here: https://lewiscounty.formstack.com/forms/lodging_tax_application_2022.

As part of the application packet, applicants also must submit a financial review completed within the last five years.

INFORMATIONAL DOCUMENTS

To view an overview about the lodging tax, click here.

To view the Sept. 2, 2021, press release about the launch of the application process, click here.

Please note that awardees may be asked to provide a current W-9.

APPLICANTS' IN-PERSON (OR VIRTUAL) PRESENTATIONS WILL BE OCT. 28 AND 29, 2021

Applicants will be asked to give a presentation to the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) members in October. The presentations are being planned as an in-person / Zoom hybrid and are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Oct. 28 and 29, 2021, in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room, 351 N.W. North Street, Chehalis. BOCC staff will assign the presentation times in mid-October after the application period closes. Applicants will be allowed time for a 5-minute presentation, followed by a 9-minute question-and-answer period.

WHO CAN APPLY

The entities that may apply for lodging tax funding are:

  • Convention and visitors’ bureaus;
  • Destination marketing organizations;
  • Nonprofits, including main street organizations, lodging associations, or chambers of commerce; and
  • Municipalities (defined as any city, town or county).

ANY QUESTIONS?

For questions about the application process, please contact Administrative Assistant Senior Tammy Martin 360-740-1391 or Clerk of the Board Rieva Lester at 360-740-1419.

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