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June 1st marks the opening of applications for Tourism and Cultural Investment grants in Spokane.

Applications for Spokane’s Tourism and Cultural Investment grants are set to open on June 1, offering organizations the opportunity to receive funding ranging from ,000 to ,000. These grants aim to support efforts that enhance Spokane’s tourism and cultural scene, with funding sourced from a lodging excise tax as per state law RCW 67.28.1817.

The recipients of these grants will be chosen by the Tourism and Cultural Investment Committee, formerly known as the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, which has been inactive for the past two years. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, for-profit entities, and public agencies, all of whom can utilize the funds for projects, programs, events, and facilities that promote tourism and cultural development.

Mayor Lisa Brown expressed excitement about the positive impact these grants will have on Spokane, highlighting the role of the newly reinstated Tourism and Cultural Investment Committee in driving economic growth and fostering community engagement through culturally enriching events.

Councilmember Zack Zappone echoed the sentiment, emphasizing the importance of investing in cultural opportunities to position Spokane as a vibrant tourism destination. Visit Spokane President and CEO Rose Noble commended the initiative to revive funding for festivals and events, recognizing the significant boost it will provide to the local economy and cultural landscape.

Interested organizations can access the grant application through the provided link. This initiative is expected to not only enhance Spokane’s cultural offerings but also attract visitors and support local businesses, solidifying the city’s position as a premier tourism destination.