Lodging Tax Grant applications open

Submitted by San Juan County.

San Juan County is pleased to announce the 2023 Lodging Tax Grant application is now live. Applications are due by Sept. 29, at 5 p.m.

San Juan County has established a tourism facilities program, funded by a portion of the revenue collected under the State Lodging Tax excise statutes and is seeking proposals from qualified entities interested in:

Funding single project proposals concerned with acquiring, improving or developing facilities for enhancing the tourism experience; and/or

Grants for operating tourism facilities that enhance the tourism experience; and/or

Grants for events that draw tourists; and/or

Projects that carry out the goals of the San Juan County LTAC Tourism Master Plan.

The expected outcome of the funded activities is to increase economic activity in San Juan County in 2023 and beyond through the overnight lodging of tourists, through tourism-related expenditures, and construction of tourism-related facilities. Program categories are funded through either the Promotional or the Facilities portions of LTAC funds. Program categories are:

Emphasis on Tourism facilities capital program (only for facilities in which the County has an ownership position)

Grants for Special Events and Festivals designed to attract tourists,

Grants for operation of existing eligible tourism facilities that meet the criteria of this RFP and the long-range tourism plan (including, but not limited to historic museums, performing arts, visual arts)

Special Investments that help to accomplish objectives of the LTAC Master Plan (available online at: http://sanjuanco.com/614/Lodging-Tax-Advisory-Committee)

Proposals are due no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29 and all projects must be completed in this funding cycle by Dec. 31, 2024.

For information and an application packet visit the County’s website at: http://sanjuanco.com/614/Lodging-Tax-Advisory-Committee.

For questions, contact Sally Rogers at the office of the County Council at 360-370-7472 or sallyr@sanjuanco.com. Requests by mail should be sent to:

San Juan County

Lodging Tax Facilities Grant Program

350 Court Street #1

Friday Harbor, WA 98250