Northwest NEWS

August 2, 1999

Local News

Applications available for tourism promotion grant

   BOTHELL--Assistant city manager Manny Ocampo announced that the city's tourism promotion fund grant program is now ready to accept applications for 1999 and 2000 projects.

   The tourism promotion program was authorized by the City Council in June, with the goal of supporting tourism, economic development, and promotion projects in Bothell. The program is funded by the city's share of the sales tax collected by the state on hotels and motels in Bothell. Money began accumulating in this fund at the beginning of the year, with total revenue from this source estimated to be approximately $60.00 per year.

   This grant program is available to eligible non-profit and for-profit organizations, agencies, and community groups with the demonstrated ability to complete the proposed project and achieve the proposed goals. Informal groups are eligible to apply under the umbrella of another eligible organization as a fiscal agent. Projects put together by several groups in partnership are encouraged.

   The grant program covers four specific categories related to the goal of supporting tourism and economic development, with percentages corresponding to the relative weight given to each category. They are:

   Criteria for acceptance of proposals by the Bothell Citizen Tourism Committee will include the level to which the proposal promotes tourism and the overall future benefit to the city, the level of community support generated, and satisfaction of the matching fund requirement.

   The matching fund requirement of the grant application is established at 50% of the requested funding. Either cash or in-kind contributions may be offered to fulfill this requirement. For example, a grant request for $10,000 toward a specific project would require the applicant to put forth $5,000 in funds or in-kind donations.

   The committee will evaluate each application with regard to the criteria outlined above, and make a recommendation to the City Council for final approval. This citizen advisory committee is composed of members of the hotel/motel industry, and local businesses, and is chaired by council member Sandra Guinn.

   Funds will be awarded annually on a competitive basis. Applicants will be notified as soon as possible, following the recommendations of the committee and final approval by the City Council.

   "The committee and city council are very excited about the initiation of this program," said Assistant City Manager Ocampo. "Promoting tourism and economic development is seen as a positive way of generating revenue for the city and supporting local business success."

   Applications for the tourism promotion program grant are available in the city manager's office at Bothell City Hall, 18305 - 101st Ave. NE. The deadline for receiving applications for the 1999 proposals is September 15, 1999. The deadline for 2000 proposals is December 10, 1999.

   For further information, call (425) 486-3256.