Application period for 2022 lodging tax grants to open in September 2021

The Lewis County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will soon begin accepting – on behalf of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) – applications for the use of lodging tax funds for the 2022 budget year.

Organizations with programs or activities that promote tourism in Lewis County can apply for the grants, which are funded through lodging taxes collected in the unincorporated areas of Lewis County. The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) members are especially interested in events that attract attendees to stay overnight in unincorporated Lewis County.

"Tourism promotion" 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.

Required documents will include the application, which will be available online, as well as an audit completed within the past five years. Grant recipients also will be required to submit a W-9.

The application period is scheduled to open the first week of September 2021 and close the first full week of October 2021.

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

Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we are again planning for an in-person / virtual hybrid for applicants' presentations before the LTAC members. The presentations will take place (in-person / via Zoom) Thursday and Friday Oct. 28 and 29, 2021, in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room, 351 N.W. North Street, Chehalis. Applicants will be allowed time for a 5-minute presentation, followed by a 9-minute question-and-answer period.

BOCC staff will release the presentation schedule in mid-October after the application deadline closes.