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Posted on: August 14, 2019

Snohomish Accepting Applications for 2020 Lodging Tax Funds

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The City of Snohomish is accepting Request for Funding (Requests) from non-profit agencies and groups actively engaged in the promotion and enhancement of tourism in the City of Snohomish during the calendar year 2020.

Activities considered eligible for assistance include, but are not limited to, those that increase tourism by promoting and distributing information for the purpose of attracting and welcoming visitors; operation of a tourism promotion agency, and the marketing of events and festivals designed to draw overnight lodging to the city. Historically, individual project allocations average about $2,000.


The expected outcome of such activities is to increase economic activity in the City of Snohomish through overnight lodging, visitor spending on dining and attractions, and the sale of gifts, souvenirs and other items to visitors and tourists. This aligns with the Snohomish City Council’s strategic initiative to “Strengthen the City’s attractiveness as a regional destination”.


Money is awarded from revenue collected annually from hotel and motel room rentals in Snohomish.


The Snohomish Lodging Tax Advisory Committee will review applications and make recommendations to the Snohomish City Council for final approval. Funds will be available beginning in January 2020 to competitive applicants who can complete their proposed projects by Dec. 15, 2020. The City of Snohomish will request a final report of return on investments for allocated funds.


Details of eligibility and other program requirements are included in the application package, which must be filled out and returned to Wendy Poischbeg, City of Snohomish, P.O. Box 1589, Snohomish, WA, 98291 by Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 by 4p.m. Postmarks are NOT acceptable. Applications received after that time and date will not be considered.


Schedule of Request for Funding Events:

Following is the proposed schedule for the Requests (Note: Specific dates may be adjusted to meet unexpected circumstances):

  • Application available online or for pickup: Aug. 14–Sept. 23, 2019

  • Request response to be submitted: September 23, 2019 by 4pm

  • Lodging Tax Advisory Committee review of requests: October 3, 2019

  • Committee recommendations to Council for review: October 15, 2019

  • Date work may initiate: January 1, 2020

  • Work to be completed by: December 31, 2020

  • Final reports to City staff: 3rd or 4th Quarter, 2020

For more information or additional details, contact Wendy Poischbeg, Economic Development and Communications Manager at poischbeg@snohomishwa.gov or (360) 282-3176.

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