The Grays Harbor County Department of Tourism is now accepting applications for the two tourism related grant programs. This first is for Festival and Event Grants, and the second is for Tourism Services and Projects. The deadline for applications for both categories is October 31, 2013.

Under State law (RCW 67.28) Grays Harbor County receives funds from room taxes imposed on lodging facilities. These funds can be retained and utilized by the County for Tourism promotional operations, or expended for projects and activities established by an eligible entity under State law.

Grays Harbor Tourism Grant Applications will be accepted from non-profit entities organizing tourism based activities within Grays Harbor County, except those municipalities that are allowed by law to collect and manage 3% lodging tax revenues generated within their corporate limits. Grant funding is provided increase tourism activity within Grays Harbor County. The Grays Harbor Tourism Department allocates over $120,000 in grant funds annually.

“We are very fortunate that our County Commissioners have continued to support the funding of this Grant Program. They understand that Tourism is vital to Grays Harbor’s economic success.” said Kelly Peterson-Lalka, GH Tourism Public Relations/Office Manager. “Tourism results in over $260 million dollars of revenue and over 5,000 jobs for Grays Harbor County. When we support tourism, our local communities reap the rewards in tax revenue, jobs and community infrastructure. It is a win-win.”

Applications for Grant Funding are available for download for Festivals and Events here, or Services and Projects here. If you would like an application mailed to you, contact Kelly Peterson-Lalka at 360-482-2651 or etersonk@co.grays-harbor.wa.us.