Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
2020 Lodging Tax Funding Cycle
Tuesday, July 30 - Request for Proposal Issued
Monday, September 16 (no later than 4:00 pm) - Proposal Deadline
Monday, September 30 (5:00-7:00 pm) - Applicant Presentations
Monday, October 21 (5:00-7:00 pm) - Deliberations
*All meeting will be held at City Hall, 280 Madison Avenue N, Bainbridge Island, WA
City Seeking Request for Proposals
The City of Bainbridge Island is seeking proposals for projects to receive funding under the Civic Improvement Fund, which is established through Chapter 67.28 of the Revised Code of Washington (“RCW”) and Section 3.65.040 of the Bainbridge Island Municipal Code.
For 2020, there are approximately $275,000 in Civic Improvement funds (also known as Lodging Tax funds) available for distribution to support selected projects. The City Council has approved funding within a wide range, to encourage innovative projects of all sizes that recognize and promote the exciting – and expanding – tourism trends and opportunities happening on Bainbridge Island. Applicants may seek a minimum award of $2,000 and a maximum award of $137,500 (to reflect 50% of total available funds).
View and download the Request for Proposal (PDF)
Proposals are due no later than 4:00 pm Monday, September 16, 2019.
The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) reviews and comments on proposals for expenditures from the City's Lodging Tax Fund, also known as the Civic Improvement Fund.
The Civic Improvement Fund, created through a state tax on overnight stays in lodging establishments (i.e.., hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts), provides funding for projects that will promote tourism and for the acquisition or operation of tourism-related facilities as specified in RCW 67.28.
The LTAC is required to include:
- At least two representatives from Bainbridge Island businesses which collect lodging taxes, and
- At least two representatives of businesses or agencies eligible to receive lodging tax funding.
In addition, a Councilmember serves as LTAC Chair, with another Councilmember acting as Co-Chair in a non-voting role.
See the table below for information on projects receiving LTAC funding for 2019:
|Arts & Humanities Bainbridge||$ 27,000||$ 15,000|
|Bainbridge Arts & Crafts||$ 38,360||$ 15,000|
|Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce||$ 85,483||$ 63,000|
|Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce &|
Bainbridge Island Downtown Association (Jointly)
|Bainbridge Island Downtown Association||$ 72,885||$ 50,000|
|Bainbridge Island Historical Museum||$ 21,000||$ 12,000|
|Bainbridge Island Lodging Association||$ 69,500||$ 60,000|
|Bainbridge Island Museum of Art||$ 20,000||$ 10,000|
|Bainbridge Island Winery Alliance||$ 23,650||$ 15,000|
|North Kitsap Tourism Coalition||$ 10,000||$ 10,000|
|Visit Kitsap Peninsula||$ 18,000||$ 12,000|
2018 LTAC Projects
|Arts & Humanities Bainbridge||Link||$8,000||$7,000|
|Bainbridge Arts & Crafts||Link||$5,700||$5,000|
|Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce||Link||$82,611||$70,000|
|Bainbridge Island Downtown Association||Link||$68,500||$57,000|
|Bainbridge Island Historical Museum||Link||$15,373||$15,000|
|Bainbridge Island Lodging Association||Link||$52,000||$50,000|
|Bainbridge Island Museum of Art||Link||$20,000||$10,000|
|Bainbridge Island Winery Alliance||Link||$22,670||$14,500|
|North Kitsap Tourism Coalition||$10,000||$9,500|
|Visit Kitsap Peninsula||$18,000||$9,000|
2017 LTAC Projects
See the table below for information on projects that received 2017:
|Organization Proposal||Final Report||Requested||Awarded|
|Arts & Humanities Bainbridge||$10,000||$5,000|
|Bainbridge Arts & Crafts||Link||$4,520||$3,000|
|Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce||$71,516||$56,000|
|Bainbridge Island Downtown Association||Link||$72,375||$48,000|
|Bainbridge Island Historical Museum||$15,000||$8,000|
|Bainbridge Island Lodging Association||$61,300||$48,000|
|Bainbridge Island Museum of Art||$15,000||$8,000|
|Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation||$3,740||$3,000|
|North Kitsap Tourism Coalition||Link||$10,000||$7,500|
|Winery Alliance of Bainbridge Island||Link||$24,000||$6,000|