Bainbridge approves grants to spur tourism

The Bainbridge Island City Council approved $135,000 in Lodging Tax funds at its meeting this week that will be used for projects that either promote tourism on Bainbridge Island, or support the operation of tourism related facilities.

The Bainbridge Island City Council approved $135,000 in Lodging Tax funds at its meeting this week that will be used for projects that either promote tourism on Bainbridge Island, or support the operation of tourism related facilities.

The awards came after an extensive proposal submission and review process.

Last year, in response to a “Request for Proposals” issued by the city, 14 organizations requested monies from the Civic Improvement Fund for 2015.

These proposals were reviewed by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee  comprised of City Councilwoman Sarah Blossom, City Councilman Roger Townsend, Greg Robinson, Linda Thurrott, Talina Wood and Robin Wright.

Applicants awarded funding for 2015 included Bainbridge Arts & Crafts, Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council, Bainbridge Island Downtown Association, Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, Bainbridge Island Lodging Association, Bloedel Reserve,  Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, Kids Discovery Museum, and North Kitsap Tourism Consortium.

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