June 27, 2022

Shannon Taysi, Program Specialist Planning and Community Development
City of Bellingham
(360) 778-8360

City of Bellingham Accepting Applications for 2023 Tourism Grants

The City of Bellingham is accepting applications for tourism grants to promote eligible tourism and cultural activities within the City. Eligibility is broadly defined to encourage wide participation and innovative proposals.

Applications will be accepted until Noon, Friday August 19, 2022. The grants are awarded through a competitive process. More information and applications available on the City’s website at

This year the City is offering a start-up grant opportunity for events, programs or projects that are under three years old, in addition to traditional grant awards.

“Our grants play an important role in bringing people to Bellingham and Whatcom County. We are excited to see Bellingham’s tourism industry coming back to life after COVID-19 impacted events and activities from 2020 well into this year,” Tara Sundin, the City’s Community and Economic Development Manager, said.

Sundin said an estimated $300,000 in grants will be distributed in 2023 through this program. Past tourism promotion grants have funded the Bellingham Bay Marathon, Wild Buffalo, Bellingham Festival of Music, Bellingham Bells, the Ski to Sea Race, and many other events and activities.

The purpose of this grant program is to promote various programs and events that bring visitors to Bellingham and Whatcom County, resulting in increased hotel stays and economic activity, Sundin said. Eligibility is broadly defined to encourage wide participation and innovative proposals. The grant program is primarily focused on marketing activities, but a portion of the grant can be directed to support operations as well.

Special consideration will be given to events that occur during the off-season (between October and May) and/or by partnering with other agencies or events to reduce duplication of activities. Complete program eligibility requirements are included on the City’s website. Questions regarding this grant program should be directed to Shannon Taysi, Planning & Community Development, at or 778-8360.

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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