The City is accepting 2020 tourism grant applications

Deadline for submissions is Monday, September 9, 2019 at 5pm

July 08, 2019 - by Shannon Taysi, Program Specialist

The purpose of the Tourism Promotion Fund is to promote eligible tourism and cultural activities within the City of Bellingham. Eligibility is broadly defined to encourage wide participation and innovative proposals.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Monday, September 9, 2019.  The grant is a competitive process and applications are available on the City's website at

The City is offering a Start-Up Grant opportunity for those events, program or projects that are under three years old in addition to the standard grant application. 

In 2019, the City awarded 28 competitive grants totaling $220,000.  Programs and events included the Spark Museum,  the Community Boating Center, the Whatcom Beer and Wine Foundation and the CASCADIA International Women's Film Festival.  

Special consideration will be given to events that occur during the off-season (between October and May) and / or by partnering with other agencies or events to reduce duplication of activities. Complete program eligibility requirements are included on the City's website.

Questions regarding this grant program should be directed to Shannon Taysi, Planning & Community Development, at or 778-8360.

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​Shannon Taysi, Program Specialist

Planning and Community Development


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