In partnership with Clackamas County Tourism, the City is accepting grant applications for local tourism projects that aim to increase the numbers of tourist visitors and increase the economic impact of tourism. A total of up to $20,000 is available for projects that: • Increase overnight lodging stays in Clackamas County.• Bring visitors into communities from greater than 50 miles away to shop, dine, recreate, take in arts or cultural offerings, or visit heritage sites.• Entice visitors to “linger longer.”
The maximum amount of a grant for a single project is the entire $20,000; the minimum request is $500. Funding for the Clackamas County Tourism-Community Partnership Program (CPP) grants comes from Clackamas County’s 6% transient lodging tax paid by overnight lodging visitors. Eligible projects, which must take place within Clackamas County, must be completed by December 31, 2016.
Applications are due at the City of Wilsonville’s Parks and Recreation administrative office by 5 pm, Friday, Feb 12.
The City-administered County tourism grant program is separate and distinct from the City’s Community Tourism and Community Opportunity grant programs. Application to the County’s program does not preclude application to the City’s program.
Copies of all program materials are located on the Wilsonville Parks and Recreation website at www.WilsonvilleParksandRec.com/GrantPrograms.
Proposals are to be evaluated by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on the following criteria: likelihood of attracting visitors (20%); ability to generate overnight stays (20%); partnerships (15%); use of additional/leveraged funds (15%); self-sustaining growth & capacity-building potential (15%); and measurable ROI (15%).
For more information, go online to www.WilsonvilleParksandRec.com/GrantPrograms; or contact Brian Stevenson, Recreation Coordinator, at 503-570-1523, email@example.com.