Chris Kerr, Economic Development Director:
WEST LINN - Public, private and non-profit organizations are invited to submit applications to receive a grant for projects that will promote tourism in the City. Clackamas County Tourism and Cultural Affairs have awarded grant money to the City of West Linn through the County’s Community Partnership Program (“CPP”). The grant money is to provide funding for tourism-related projects that have the potential to become significant and self-sustaining; that are aligned with the economic development goals of the City, and that have the ability to recognize or demonstrate a return on investment.
Grant Details and Schedule
A total of $20,000 is available through this program, but individual grants may be issued for projects for as little as $500. Matching funds and in-kind contributions are not required, but are strongly encouraged.
The application deadline is 5:00 PM on January 16, 2013. Project selection and the awarding of funds will take shortly thereafter. All funds received must be spent by June 30, 2013. Only online applications will be considered. Access the application online here.
Tourism means economic activity that is a result of tourists that travel to our area for events or activities related to the arts, heritage or culture and who reside more than 50 miles away from our area or stay overnight at a local lodging facility. Grants will only be provided to public, private and nonprofit organizations whose project demonstrates a result that benefits the greater public interests of tourism product development, promotion and/or marketing.
This is a competitive grant. The selection committee will include a sub-group from the City’s Economic Development Committee and City Staff. Projects and activities in the following specific areas have been identified as priorities for enhancing tourism in the City of West Linn:
• Promotion or enhancement of bicycle tourism in the City;
• Promotion or enhancement of the historic, cultural, or heritage of West Linn and Clackamas County;
• Promotional materials for City activities or events marketed to tourists that will travel in excess of 50 miles away;
• Activities that utilize sustainable practices or enable a facility or organization to have a low impact on the environment;
• Promotion or enhancement or our parks and river access (e.g. kayak activities); and,
• Family-friendly activities and events.
Projects that emphasize private profitability and/or one where the expense could be considered a normal or regular cost of doing business are not eligible for funding. Similarly, capital improvement projects that will mostly benefit a private for-project enterprise are not eligible for funding. The specific submittal requirements and exact review criteria can be reviewed here. Please call Chris Kerr, Economic Development Director, at 503-723-2538 or email him at email@example.com with any questions.