Here’s a press release about it from the City of Bellingham:
The City of Bellingham is accepting applications for the 2011 tourism promotion grant program. The grants are funded by lodging tax revenue, and the grant program is designed to support projects or events that bring tourists to Bellingham.
Last year the grant program was suspended due to sharp declines in lodging tax collections. Limited funding is available this year.
The grant is a competitive process. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, 2010. Applications are available in the Planning & Community Development department at Bellingham City Hall, or on the city website at this link.
Tourism promotion grants awarded in 2009 totaled $696,495, and funded the Bellingham/Whatcom County Tourism Bureau, as well as 18 other local organizations that advertised and marketed their Bellingham events to attract tourists. Funded organizations included Allied Arts, Ski to Sea, Bellingham Bay Marathon, Whatcom Symphony, and Pickford Film Center among many others. Complete program eligibility requirements are included in the application. Again this year, special consideration will be given to events that occur during the off-season, between October and May.
Questions regarding this grant program should be directed to Darby Galligan, Planning & Community Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-778-8389.