City accepting applications for local marketing grants

The city of Bellingham is accepting applications for its 2014 tourism promotion grant program.

The program is designed to fund marketing and promotion of projects or events that bring tourists to Bellingham.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, September 20. Applications are available in the Planning and Community Development Department at Bellingham City Hall or on the city’s website.

Special consideration will be given to events that occur during the off-season (between October and May) and those that partner with other agencies or events to reduce duplication of activities. Complete program eligibility requirements are included in the application packet.

In 2013, the City awarded 18 competitive grants totaling $186,000. Programs and events funded by the grants included Ski to Sea, Bellingham Farmer’s Market, Bellingham Festival of Music, SPARK Museum and iDiOM Theater.

Questions regarding this grant program should be directed to Shannon Taysi of the city’s Planning and Community Development Department at or 360-778-8360.

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