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Posted on: August 7, 2018

Lodging Tax Grant Application Now Available

The application for the City of Arlington Lodging Tax Grant program for projects that promote economic development and tourism in the City is now available. Applications are available on the City’s website or by contacting the Finance Department at 360-403-3421. Applications can also be picked up at 238 N. Olympic Avenue Arlington, WA 98223. Applications may only be accepted from public and non-profit agencies for projects that promote economic development and tourism in the City. 


A training on the grant program, the application, and the selection criteria will be held on August 22, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Arlington City Council Chambers. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend this informative and essential training.

Completed applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on October 2, 2018. Applications must be submitted to the Finance Office Attn: Kristin Garcia, Finance Director at 238 N. Olympic Avenue Arlington, WA 98223 or can be emailed to It is the responsibility of the applicant to confirm receipt of the application. Faxed applications will not be accepted. Please submit one copy of your application. Please do not double side your application and please do not use any other paper size that 8 ½ x 11.

To be eligible for consideration, your complete proposal must be received by the deadline, (incomplete grant applications will not be reviewed and will not be eligible for funding). Please submit a separate application for each event or project requested for funding.

Each proposal submitted will be considered by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) for recommendation to the City Council for final decision. The committee shall have the authority to negotiate concerning the content of any applicant’s proposal.

Applicant TrainingAugust 22, 2018
City Council Chambers
2:00 p.m.
Application Period OpensAugust 31, 2018
Application Due DateOctober 2, 2018
5:00 p.m.
LTAC Initial Review PeriodOctober 9, 2018 - October 29, 2018
Joint meeting with LTAC and City CouncilOctober 29, 2018
City Council Chambers
Applicant InterviewsNovember 7, 2018
City Hall
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
LTAC Final Review PeriodNovember 7, 2018 - November 20, 2018
Recommendation to CouncilDecember 10, 2018
Council ActionDecember 17, 2018
Contracts mailed to successful applicantsDecember 18-21, 2018

Authorized uses of lodging tax can be found within RCW 67.28.1816. Lodging taxes can be used for:

  • Tourism marketing,
  • Marketing and operations of special events and festivals,
  • Operations of tourism-related facilities owned by non-profit organizations.
  • Operations and capital expenditures of tourism related facilities owned by municipalities.

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