Town of Friday Harbor seeks grant proposals for use of lodging tax funds to promote tourism

The town of Friday Harbor’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee is accepting applications for grants to fund tourism promotion. The promotions must be for events and activities specifically intended to draw visitors to the town in 2016.

Preference will be given to those activities that encourage tourists to visit during the spring and fall shoulder seasons. Summer activities are acceptable; however applicants are advised to give careful and strategic thought to the scheduling of their events to avoid what are recognized as high traffic weekends.

The grants are awarded annually and are funded with the state’s hotel motel tax collected on all lodging stays of less than 30 days in length within the Town.

Funds must be used to promote tourism within the town of Friday Harbor. Grant proposals are reviewed by the committee that is made up of council members, lodging owners and community members appointed by the mayor.  The committee then provides recommendations to the Town Council on how to allocate the grant funds.

Interested parties should review the request for proposal and complete the committee grant application at the town web site – under “What’s New”.