Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

2020 Lodging Tax Funding Cycle

Important Dates*
Tuesday, July 30 - Request for Proposal Issued
Monday, September 16 (no later than 4:00 pm) - Proposal Deadline
Monday, September 30 (5:00-7:00 pm) - Applicant Presentations
Monday, October 21 (5:00-7:00 pm) - Deliberations

*All meeting will be held at City Hall, 280 Madison Avenue N, Bainbridge Island, WA

City Seeking Request for Proposals

The City of Bainbridge Island is seeking proposals for projects to receive funding under the Civic Improvement Fund, which is established through Chapter 67.28 of the Revised Code of Washington (“RCW”) and Section 3.65.040 of the Bainbridge Island Municipal Code. 

For 2020, there are approximately $275,000 in Civic Improvement funds (also known as Lodging Tax funds) available for distribution to support selected projects. The City Council has approved funding within a wide range, to encourage innovative projects of all sizes that recognize and promote the exciting – and expanding – tourism trends and opportunities happening on Bainbridge Island.  Applicants may seek a minimum award of $2,000 and a maximum award of $137,500 (to reflect 50% of total available funds).

View and download the Request for Proposal (PDF)

Proposals are due no later than 4:00 pm Monday, September 16, 2019.

The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) reviews and comments on proposals for expenditures from the City's Lodging Tax Fund, also known as the Civic Improvement Fund.

The Civic Improvement Fund, created through a state tax on overnight stays in lodging establishments (i.e.., hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts), provides funding for projects that will promote tourism and for the acquisition or operation of tourism-related facilities as specified in RCW 67.28.

The LTAC is required to include:

  • At least two representatives from Bainbridge Island businesses which collect lodging taxes, and
  • At least two representatives of businesses or agencies eligible to receive lodging tax funding.

In addition, a Councilmember serves as LTAC Chair, with another Councilmember acting as Co-Chair in a non-voting role.

2019 LTAC Projects
2019 LTAC Funding Recommendation

See the table below for information on projects receiving LTAC funding for 2019:

Arts & Humanities Bainbridge$ 27,000$ 15,000
Bainbridge Arts & Crafts$ 38,360$ 15,000
Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce$ 85,483$ 63,000
Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce &
Bainbridge Island Downtown Association (Jointly)
$  2,500-0-
Bainbridge Island Downtown Association$ 72,885$ 50,000
Bainbridge Island Historical Museum$ 21,000$ 12,000
Bainbridge Island Lodging Association$ 69,500$ 60,000
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art$ 20,000$ 10,000
Bainbridge Island Winery Alliance$ 23,650$ 15,000
North Kitsap Tourism Coalition$ 10,000$ 10,000
Visit Kitsap Peninsula$ 18,000$ 12,000

2018 LTAC Projects

2018 LTAC Funding Recommendation

See the table below for information on projects that received 2018 LTAC funding:

Final Report
Arts & Humanities BainbridgeLink$8,000$7,000 
Bainbridge Arts & CraftsLink$5,700$5,000 
Bainbridge Island Chamber of CommerceLink$82,611$70,000
Bainbridge Island Downtown AssociationLink$68,500$57,000
Bainbridge Island Historical MuseumLink$15,373$15,000
Bainbridge Island Lodging AssociationLink$52,000$50,000
Bainbridge Island Museum of ArtLink$20,000$10,000
Bainbridge Island Winery AllianceLink$22,670$14,500
Bloedel ReserveLink$30,500$23,000 
North Kitsap Tourism Coalition$10,000$9,500
Visit Kitsap Peninsula$18,000$9,000

2017 LTAC Projects

2017 LTAC State Report
2017 Year End Reports
2017 LTAC Funding Recommendation (12/13/16)

See the table below for information on projects that received 2017:

Organization ProposalFinal Report RequestedAwarded
Arts & Humanities Bainbridge $10,000$5,000 
Bainbridge Arts & Crafts Link $4,520$3,000 
Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce$71,516$56,000 
Bainbridge Island Downtown Association Link $72,375$48,000 
Bainbridge Island Historical Museum $15,000$8,000 
Bainbridge Island Lodging Association $61,300$48,000 
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art $15,000$8,000 
Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation $3,740$3,000 
Bloedel Reserve $16,335$7,500 
North Kitsap Tourism Coalition Link $10,000$7,500 
Winery Alliance of Bainbridge Island Link$24,000$6,000 
 Total $313,786$200,000