City accepting tourism promotion grant applications

The City of Bellingham is accepting applications for its 2016 tourism promotion grant program.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday September 11, 2015. The grant is competitive and applications are available in the city’s Planning and Community Development Department at Bellingham City Hall or on the city website at www.cob.org/services/business/tourism-grants.aspx.

This program is designed to fund marketing and promotion for projects or events that bring tourists to Bellingham, according to a city press release.

The City awarded 21 competitive grants totaling $217,752 in 2015. Programs and events funded included Spark Museum of Electrical Invention, Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, Sculpture Northwest, Bellingham Railway Museum and the Mount Baker Bicycle Club.

Events that occur during the tourism off-season between October and May and applicants that partner with other agencies or events to reduce duplication of activities will get special consideration, the press release said. Complete program eligibility requirements are in the application packet.

For questions about the grant program contact Shannon Taysi, in the planning and community development department, at staysi@cob.org or 360-778-8360.

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