Call for Lodging Tax Grant Program Applications

Fall 2022 Application Cycle - For Events Between August 16, 2022 and December 31, 2022

APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE: JULY 8, 2022

APPLICATIONS DUE: JULY 29, 2022 @ 4:00 P.M. SHARP

Call for Applications and Application Form

Lodging Tax Grant Program Information

The City of Bingen receives funds from lodging taxes imposed upon hotels and motels located within the City. The City uses these funds to contract for a narrow range of services, activities, and facilities as established by the State. Under the authority of RCW 67.28, the City requests proposals to provide services or construct facilities that will attract visitors to the City. The City’s program supports activities that will increase tourism (especially overnight visits) through:

 

1. Tourism marketing.


2. The marketing and operations of special events and festivals designed to attract tourists.


3 .Supporting the operations and capital expenditures of tourism-related facilities owned or operated by a Washington municipality or a public facilities district.


4.Supporting the operations of tourism-related facilities owned or operated by nonprofit organizations described under sections 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code.


RCW 67.28.1816 requires applicants for the use of lodging tax revenue to provide estimates of the number of people traveling for business or pleasure for certain categories (included on the application form), and final reports showing actual attendance by category. All recipients of these funds will be required to file evaluation forms with the City before receiving final reimbursement from the City.

 

Proposals must be received at City Hall, 112 N Ash Street, PO Box 607, Bingen, Washington, 98605, or by email to administrator@bingenwashington.org by 4:00 p.m. July 29, 2022. Provide one original (hardcopy or PDF) application package. Additional copies are not required. A PDF version is preferred.

 

Proposals will be scored based on the following criteria:


1. For Capital Expenditures, priority will be given to proposals to construct or improve city-ownedor managed tourism related facilities meeting the requirements of RCW 67.28.1816, withemphasis on improving key community assets, such as Daubenspeck Park. Priority will also begiven to proposals that leverage other funds.

 

2.For tourism marketing, special events and festivals:

 

a. Broad tourism marketing efforts will be given priority over the promotion of events.

 

b. Multi-day events generating multiple overnight stays will be given priority over single-day.

 

c. Priority will be given to those proposals that leverage other funds.

 

d. Priority will be given to events that attract visitors during the shoulder seasons.

 

All recipients will be expected to acknowledge the City of Bingen’s support, and include the City of Bingen as a sponsor on promotional materials. The City reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, and to accept all or any portion of any proposal. The successful proponents will need to complete a contract with the City. Payment for services will be on a reimbursement basis after services have been received.