The City Council of the City of Snohomish Washington is seeking Request for Funding (Requests) from those non-profit agencies and groups actively engaged in the promotion and enhancement of tourism in the City of Snohomish during calendar year 2017. It is anticipated that the total available funds will be $8,000.
Activities which will be considered eligible for assistance include, but are not limited to, those that increase tourism by advertising, publicizing and distribution of information for the purpose of attracting and welcoming tourists; develop strategies to expand tourism, operate tourism promotion agencies; construct tourism-related facilities, and fund and market events and festivals designed to attract tourists.
The expected outcome of such activities is to increase economic activity in the City of Snohomish during the year through overnight lodging of tourists, providing meals, the sale of gifts, souvenirs and other items, and constructing of tourism-related facilities. This is to be in line with the Snohomish City Council’s economic goal and objective of “Promoting the City as a Tourist Destination”.
Each application is to develop and outline a project, which meets these requirements and provides an economic benefit to the City of Snohomish. The specific amount of the applicant’s request is open, to be defined by the application. As a recommendation, the application may wish to define alternate levels of funding, indicating as their first priority the maximum amount desired and, as a second priority, the minimum acceptable amount. Some definition of the differences in the level of services to be provided under the two priorities should be included. The establishment of alternate funding levels will allow the City Council some latitude in approving projects without the necessity of rejecting one or more projects due to a potential lack of funds.
Specific questions are included on the application to assist the applicant in delineating those matters which are of concern to the City Council and which will be part of the selecting criteria.
Each project should be submitted as separate applications, thereby allowing for clear understanding of each project.
Schedule of Request for Funding Events:
Following is the proposed schedule for the Requests (Note: Specific dates may be adjusted to meet unexpected circumstances):
Publicize: Aug. 17-Sept. 15, 2016
Request package available online or for pickup: Aug. 17-Sept. 15, 2016
Request response to be submitted: September 15, 2016 by 4pm
Lodging Tax Advisory Committee review of requests: September 22, 2016 at 6pm
Committee recommendations to Council for review: October 4, 2016
Date work may initiate: January 1, 2017
Work to be completed by: December 31, 2017
Final reports to City staff: 3rd or 4th Quarter, 2017
The City of Snohomish Economic Development office will act as coordinator of the Request process, issuing the Request, responding to applicant questions, and notifying applicants as appropriate. Requests must be submitted to the Economic Development Manger, City of Snohomish, 116 Union, Snohomish, WA, 98290 by 4:00 p.m. on September 15, 2016 either electronically or by delivery. Postmarks are NOT acceptable. The City of Snohomish will request a final report of return on investments for allocated funds.
Requests for Funding received after that date will not be accepted or considered.
Each application will be reviewed by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) for eligible activities, the effectiveness of its proposed projects in meeting the expected outcomes, need and funding requirements. LTAC will request all of the applicants to make an oral presentation to them in order for them to more fully understand the proposed project. The Project Evaluation Criteria will be used as a guide in assisting the LTAC in their evaluation of the individual requests. However, regardless of the methods employed by the LTAC, their recommendation will not be subject to review or challenge by the applicant. Those recommendations may be adopted or amended by the City Council without further notice.
Payment: Payment is provided as a reimbursement of approved expenses.
Click HERE to begin Online Grant Funding Application (preferred method)
Visit City Hall, 116 Union Ave., Snohomish, WA 98290 to request an application packet.