Tourism Promotion Fund

About the Tourism Promotion Fund

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.

Activities funded through the Tourism Promotion Fund increase economic activity by bringing tourists to Bellingham. A “tourist” is defined as a person who travels from a place of residence to a different town, city, county, state, or country, for purposes of business, pleasure, recreation, education, arts, heritage, or culture.

This fund is supported by the City’s share of sales taxes collected on overnight stays within the city limits (lodging tax). Recommendations on use of the funds are developed by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, a sub-committee of the Tourism Commission.

Tourism Grant Opportunities

2023 Tourism Grant Applications – CLOSED

Visit the Tourism Promotion Grant webpage for more details.

Tourism Grant Program Awardees

Check out more about the Tourism Promotion Grant and view past grant awardees.  

If you have questions, please contact Shannon Taysi, Program Administration Specialist, in the Planning and Community Development main office.



​Shannon Taysi
360-778-8360 or