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
A competitive grant process is typically offered on an annual basis, as long as funds are avialable for distribution.
Tourism Grant Program Awardees
Check out more about the Tourism Promotion Grant and view past grant awardees.
- Community Development Contacts
- Bellingham Tourism Commission
- Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism
- Downtown Bellingham Partnership
- 2011-2016 Strategic Plan (PDF)
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