City accepting tourism grant applications

The City of Bellingham is accepting applications for its 2015 tourism promotion grant program. The program’s goal is to fund projects and events that bring tourists to Bellingham.

The last day to turn in applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12 2014.

The city awarded 21 grants totaling $251,174 in 2014. Programs and events that received funding included LinuxFest NW, Northwest Ballet Theater, Sustainable Connections, Bellingham Music Festival and the Community Boating Center.

According to the city’s press release, special consideration is given to events that occur during the off-season (October to May). Agencies and events that partner together to reduce duplication of activities also get special consideration.

Applications are available at City Hall or on the city website: http://www.cob.org/services/business/tourism-grants.aspx

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