Last chance to apply for 2016 Clallam County tourism grants

Applications are due Sept. 1. The board will consider applications Sept. 21.

PORT ANGELES — The Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau is accepting applications for the last round of 2016 Tourism Enhancement Grants.

For 2016, $1,800 is left to award of the original $35,000 available at the beginning of the year.

Applications are due Sept. 1. The board will consider applications Sept. 21.

Funds for the grant program are derived from revenue generated by the hotel/motel tax on lodging facilities, including RV and camp sites not federally managed, in unincorporated Clallam County.

The lodging tax revenue is designated for the promotion of tourism to encourage long-term economic growth through tourism-related projects or events that attract overnight guests within Clallam County.

The visitor bureau has awarded grants to a wide variety of applicants this year including events such as the Port Angeles Kayak & Film Festival, Forever Twilight in Forks and the Forest Storytelling Festival.

New events such as The Big Hurt race (an event that has been revived from several years ago) and the Northwest Colonial Festival (now in its second year) have also been awarded grant funds.

Applications can be mailed or hand-delivered to the bureau’s office at 618 S. Peabody St., Suite F, Port Angeles. The P.O. box is 670.

Information, including application forms and guidelines, can be found online at http://tinyurl.com/PDN-OPVBgrants.

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