City begins accepting tourism grant applications

By Stefanie Donahue

Now’s the time to fill out a 2018 grant application if you think you have the next great idea to bolster tourism in Blaine. The city is now accepting applications for new and
ongoing projects.

“Events are big in our small town, thanks to the many organizations and volunteers who plan these special events and activities in our community,” read a statement from the city. “Many of these events have received financial support through [the] annual grant program.”

Grant funding is derived from the lodging tax, which is collected from guests who stay at hotels and motels in Blaine. Just this year, the Blaine Tourism Advisory Committee awarded $91,000 in grant money for the marketing and operation of special events and activities that aim to attract tourists within city limits.

Applicants must demonstrate the ability to supplement grant funding with additional fundraising, according to the statement. All materials must be submitted to city clerk Sheri Sanchez by 5 p.m. on August 4 at Blaine City Hall, located at 435 Martin Street, Suite 3000. Forms are available for pick up at Blaine City Hall.

Do you still have questions? Contact community tourism and development coordinator Debbie Harger by emailing or calling 360/543-9982.

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