County accepting applications to award up to $500,000 in tourism grant opportunities

Snohomish County, Washington, June 21, 2022 – Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers announced that the annual round of tourism small grants – known as the Hotel-Motel Small Grant Fund – is now open. Approximately $490,000 in tourism grant dollars are available for public and non-profit organizations to use for tourism marketing, promotions and capital projects. Historically, the average project allocation is $10,000, but ranges from $5,000 to $50,000.

“Tourism is essential to the success and health of our local economy. It brings tens of thousands of visitors to our region and supports small businesses, jobs and recreation. These annual grants are an important tool to help local agencies and organizations boost sustainable tourism in their communities,” said Executive Somers.

“These tourism grants are a great opportunity to help local organizations reach out to potential visitors and remind them of all the unique and wonderful experiences that can be found in every corner of Snohomish County,” said Stephanie Wright, member of the board.

This grant is funded by county lodging taxes levied on hotel and motel room rentals in Snohomish County. Funding is awarded through a competitive process and provided on a reimbursement basis only. Applicants must demonstrate their ability to complete projects by December 15, 2023. Grant disbursements begin on or about January 15, 2023.

The Snohomish County Tourism Team will be hosting a Grant Applicant Workshop via Zoom on Friday, July 22, 2022 – full details will be on the Seattle NorthCountry website. Applicants can download the 2023 application package here.

The grant process is now digital. Completed applications must be submitted electronically through the Seattle NorthCountry website no later than September 2, 2022.. Incomplete applications and hard copies of completed applications will not be accepted.

For more information on the program, please contact Trudy Soriano, Tourism Promotion Fund Coordinator, at 425-471-8738 [email protected]

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