Lodging Tax Grants

2022 Lodging Tax funding requests are now being accepted by the City of Gig Harbor. Applications for Lodging Tax/Tourism Promotion Funding are due Monday, September 27 at 10:00 a.m.  CLICK HERE for the application packet. 


Lodging tax grants can be used for: 

  • Tourism marketing
  • Marketing and operations of special events and festivals designed to attract tourists
  • Operations AND capital expenditures of tourism-related facilities owned or operated by the city
  • Operations of tourism-related facilities owned or operated by a nonprofit organization (capital expenditures are not allowed)

The Tourism and Communications Department will be available for questions and guidance for all applicants up until Friday, September 24 at 5:00 PM. The total grant amount of $125,000 will be available, with a maximum award of $20,000 per application. Organizations are not limited to just one application, they may apply for multiple events.


WHO CAN APPLY? Non-profits and for-profit businesses operating events or installations that attract tourism to Gig Harbor. Non-profits may also apply for capital expenses for an eligible tourism-related facility.  Proposals for for-profit organizations must be for tourism marketing projects, marketing and operations of special events or festivals, non-profits are eligible for all previously listed categories, with the addition of the operation of eligible tourism-related facilities. Events are not limited to those that happen within City Limits, however they will need to show a measurable drive in tourism within the city limits.

 

Examples of past grant recipients include: the Gig Harbor Film Festival; Harbor History Museum; Peninsula Art League; Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation’s Race for a Soldier; Harbor WildWatch; Gig Harbor BoatShop; the Downtown Waterfront Alliance Waterfront Farmers’ Market. Each grant recipient is required to submit a report showcasing a measurable drive in tourism to Gig Harbor by December 31, 2022 and the grant amounts are disbursed when receipts or paid invoices are submitted to the Tourism and Communications Department.

 

Funding for this program comes from the City of Gig Harbor Lodging Tax Fund which receives a percentage of hotel/motel taxes from lodging establishments inside the city limits. Washington State collects a tax on charges for overnight lodging at hotels/motels, vacation rentals and RV resort spots, and these funds are distributed by the Department of Revenue back to the City of Gig Harbor for the funding of tourism related capital facilities, DMO services, non-event operations, and event marketing and operations.


In 2021, the City of Gig Harbor opened two grant windows, one in the fall, and one in spring. This year, we intend to fund as many projects in the fall as possible. This year, consultation and application review is available for all applicants from the start of the application window through Friday, September 24, 2021.

 

For more information please contact the Tourism & Communications Office at 253-579-6158 or communications@gigharborwa.gov.