Published on : Saturday, August 19, 2017
Approximately $45,000 in total has been granted this year for all tourism promotional projects with $6,750 left behind after the first round of applications.
In the month of March and April, quite a few community entities and groups received grants which includes the Juan de Fuca Festival, Olympic Peninsula Bicycle Alliance, Clallam Bay/Sekiu Fun Days 2017, Peninsula Trails Coalition, Arts &Draughts, Fabric of the Forest Quilt Show, Forever Twilight in Forks, Sequim Lavender Farmers Association Lavender Driving Guide, Sequim/Dungeness Valley Pad Map, Paint the Peninsula, Forest Storytelling and CrabFest 2017.
Last year, around 15 grants were rewarded which supports tourism collateral production, endorsement of area festivals and events along with website development.
Forthcoming applications for grant must be submitted for further approval by the Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau board at the meetings arranged on the first day of every month before the scheduled review meetings in September and November.
For this particular grant program, funds are obtained from revenue that is being generated by the hotel/motel tax on various lodging facilities in unincorporated Clallam County.
To quote Marsha Massey, Executive Director, “Tourism to the Olympic Peninsula, including Clallam County, continues to grow, especially during the summer season. Our focus is on supporting further tourism development earlier in the spring and later into the fall.”