Mukilteo offers grants to promote tourism, overnight stays
The city of Mukilteo is now accepting grant applications from non-profit organizations for projects that promote tourism and overnight stays.
For a Lodging Tax Grant, the city is looking for project proposals that draw visitors to Mukilteo. Historically, the average project allocation has ranged from $2,000 to $45,000.
These grants are funded by the city’s share of taxes collected on overnight stays within Mukilteo. Funds available in 2015 are estimated at $200,000 to $222,000.
State law limits the use of lodging tax funds. All applications must be for one of the following uses:
• Tourism promotion and/or to market and operate special events and festivals and/or
•Acquisition or management of tourism-related facilities.
In addition, proposals must meet one or more of the following objectives:
• Generate increased tourism in Mukilteo, resulting in overnight stays at local hotels;
• Generate economic benefit through overnight lodging, sale of meals and goods, and/or construction of tourism-related facilities;
• Increase recognition of Mukilteo throughout the region as a destination for tourism; and/or
• Increase opportunities for tourism, by developing new visitor activities.
Pick up a Lodging Tax Grant application at City Hall, at 11930 Cyrus Way, or download an application from the city’s website at www.ci.mukilteo.wa.us. The deadline for applications is 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 30.
The city-appointed Lodging Tax Advisory Committee will review applications and make recommendations to the City Council for approval on Nov. 3. Recipients will be contacted shortly thereafter, and funds will be issued in January.
Questions? Contact the city’s Executive Assistant Nancy Passovoy at 425-263-8018 for more information.
-Edited by Beacon staff