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City is looking to fund great ideas for drawing visitors to Ferndale

Visitors staying at Ferndale hotels, bed & breakfasts and campgrounds see an additional tax on their invoices in addition to the conventional sales tax. Collected “lodging taxes” are then used to support projects encouraging tourism and cultural activities as well as to support tourism-related facilities in Ferndale.

Each year, City of Ferndale (COF) staff request submissions for ideas to promote tourism. Once collected, they are reviewed by the City’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee to decide which applicants will receive funding and how much.

Grants awarded for the COF 2019 budget year totaled $68,500 and are as follows.

OrganizationEvent/PurposeAmount
Farmers Market Board of DirectorsFerndale Farmers Market $2,000
City of FerndalePioneer Park tour guides $8,000
” “Wayfinding System $12,000
Chamber of CommerceFerndale Visitor Center $39,000
” “Street Festival $3,000
” “Flicks in the Park $500
Heritage SocietyOlde Fashioned Christmas $2,000
Old Settlers AssociationOld Settlers Picnic $2,000

Applications for 2020 Lodging Tax Grants are now being accepted according to a recent COF announcement.

Funding from the program may be used, directly by local jurisdictions, or indirectly through a convention and visitors bureau or destination marketing organization, for the marketing and operations of special events and festivals and to support the operations and capital expenditures of tourism-related facilities owned by nonprofit organizations described under section 501(c)(3) and section 501(c)(6) of the internal revenue code of 1986, as amended.

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Applicants have until July 29th to submit their completed applications. Click here to download application instructions and forms.

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