Lodging Tax grant funds available to promote 2024 tourism in Friday Harbor

Submitted by the Town of Friday Harbor.

The Town of Friday Harbor’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is accepting applications through Sept. 11, for grants to promote events and activities taking place within the town in 2024. Funding must be used to promote or operate events and activities designed to attract tourists, or to operate tourism-related facilities owned or operated by nonprofits. Preference will be given to those operations and activities that encourage tourists to visit during the shoulder and winter seasons. Summer activities are acceptable but should be scheduled to avoid what are recognized as high-traffic weekends.

LTAC grants are awarded annually by the Town Council and are funded with the state’s Hotel Motel Tax collected on all in-town lodging stays of less than 30 days in length. Grant proposals are reviewed by the LTAC which is made up of council members, lodging owners, and community members appointed by the Mayor. The Town Council takes the LTAC’s recommendations under advisement when determining final grant awards.

Interested parties should review the Request for Proposal (RFP) and complete the LTAC Grant Application available at Town Hall, 60 Second Street, Friday Harbor, Washington and at the Town web site: www.fridayharbor.org. Applications must be submitted to Town Hall no later than 4:30 pm Monday, Sept. 11.