Northwest NEWS

October 16, 2000

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The City of Bothell's Tourism Promotion Grant Program is currently accepting applications for 2001 projects.

Program information and applications for the program are available in the office of the City Manager at Bothell City Hall, 18305 - 101st Avenue N.E. Completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct 27.
   Grantees will be notified by the end of the year.
   The Tourism Promotion Grant Program was authorized by the City Council in June 1999, with the goal of supporting tourism, economic development and community 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 in 1999. Total revenue from this source is estimated to be approximately $60,000-$70,000 per year.
   This is the third year of an on-going grant program. Eight projects were approved for 2000. Each year the number of grants awarded has increased.
   This grant program is available to 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. Groups with partnership projects are encouraged to apply.
   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:
   1) Special Events/Festivals (50 percent); 2) General Economic Development Programs (30 percent); 3) Historic Landmark and Community Art Programs (10 percent); 4) Capital Projects (10 percent).
   The matching fund requirement of the grant application is established at 50 percent 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.
   This particular citizen advisory committee is composed of hotel/motel industry and local business members. Councilmember Sandra Guinn is chairperson.
   The Committee will evaluate each application with regard to the criteria outlined above, and make a recommendation to the City Council for final approval by the end of the year.
   For more information on City of Bothell grants, please contact Grants Administrator Paul Strauss at (425) 486-3256.