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Kent Opens Business or Leisure Tourism Grant Application Process for 2020 Projects

Applications accepted online September 1-30, 2019

Applications for the City of Kent’s 2020 Business or Leisure Tourism Promotion Grants will be accepted online beginning Sept. 1 through midnight Sept. 30.
Post Date:08/23/2019 9:17 am

Applications for the City of Kent’s 2020 Business or Leisure Tourism Promotion Grants will be accepted online beginning Sept. 1 through midnight Sept. 30. 

The program is designed to fund the marketing, operation and promotion of activities, events or projects that promote Kent both as a business or leisure destination, ultimately bringing more people to the city. 

Nonprofit organizations, convention and visitors’ bureaus, public facilities districts, destination marketing organizations, chambers of commerce and municipalities are eligible to apply. 

Kent’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) will review the applications in October and November and make funding recommendations to the Kent City Council. 

According to Council President Bill Boyce, the grant program is a great opportunity for small non-profits just getting their events started, as well as larger scale industry groups and associations aiming to expand their programs. 

“The LTAC is making a concerted effort to ensure different organizations are aware of this opportunity to obtain financial backing. While the process is competitive, the committee wants to support those with innovative ideas to elevate Kent’s profile, both from a business or entertainment perspective,” Boyce said. 

The grant awards are selected via a competitive process. Complete program eligibility requirements and criteria is available at KentWA.gov/LTAC; the online application will go live Sept. 1. 

The money for grant awards is made possible by the collection of a one percent state tax on overnight hotel, motel, bed and breakfast and campground stays. State law dictates who is eligible to apply, and mandates the funds be used for marketing and promotion of business and leisure tourism.

Questions regarding this grant program should be directed to Michelle Wilmot, Economic Development Manager, at MWlmot@KentWA.gov or 253-856-5709.

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