Applicants sought for 2016 Lodging Tax Grants

Funding for projects promoting tourism, cultural activities

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740

Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 11 a.m.

The City of Spokane’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee is seeking applications for 2016 lodging tax grants. Grant funds totaling $100,000 are to be divided among projects that promote eligible tourism and cultural activities in the City of Spokane. The grant money comes from the City’s share of taxes on overnight stays within the City limits.

Applications are due by Monday, Oct. 26, 2015 at 5 p.m. in the Office of the Spokane City Council, 7th Floor, City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. The committee will consider applications and is expected to make a recommendation to the City Council in November.

Grant applications will be evaluated based on a number of criteria, including:

  • The project’s ability to generate new hotel/motel stays.
  • Community economic impact resulting from tourism.
  • Potential for long-term impact (such as Bloomsday or Hoopfest).
  • Coordination with community organizations, hotels/motels and other regional entities.

Lodging tax funds will not be granted for capital or construction projects.

The grant application can be found on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee page at