Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

Important Dates (all meetings will be held on Zoom)

  • Monday, Oct. 18 (6-7:00 pm) – Meeting #1 Orientation 
  • Monday, Oct. 25 (6-7:30 pm) – Meeting #2:  Application Review
  • Wednesday, Nov. 3 (4 -7 pm or  5- 8 pm) – Meeting #3:  Applicant Presentations 
  • Monday, Nov. 15 (6-7:30 pm) – Meeting #4: Funding Recommendations

Request for Proposal- 2022 Lodging Tax Funding Cycle

The City of Bainbridge Island has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) (pdf / word document) for projects to receive funding in 2022 under the Civic Improvement Fund (also known as LTAC). Proposals must be for tourism marketing projects, marketing and operations of special events or festivals, the operation of eligible tourism-related facilities, or capital expenses for an eligible tourism-related facility. 

A committee of two individuals representing businesses that generate the lodging tax, two individuals representing organizations that can receive awards, and one voting councilmember will review the proposals, hear presentations, and arrive at an award recommendation for Council in the fourth quarter. The City plans to award a total of $350,000 in 2022, with awards ranging from $2,000 to $175,000. In a typical year, roughly a dozen organizations receive an award. 

Proposals are due by Thursday, September 30, 2021 @ 4pm.

2021 Lodging Tax Funding Cycle
In response to a Request for Proposals issued by the City in the Fall of 2020, the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee ("LTAC") received 12 proposals totaling $462,402. For 2021, there were approximately $225,000 in Civic Improvement funds (also known as Lodging Tax funds) available to distribution to support selected projects.

In February, 2021, LTAC held a series of meetings and developed their funding recommendations as detailed in the table below.  The City Council is scheduled to discuss those funding recommendations at their March 23 Business Meeting.

2021 LTAC Funding Recommendations





Arts and Humanities BainbridgeCertified Creative District$10,000$5,000
Bainbridge Arts and Crafts
Off-Island Advertising$14,000$7,000

Bainbridge Island Chamber of CommerceVisitor Information Center$61,500$38,000
Bainbridge Island Downtown AssociationMulti-Media Destination Marketing Campaign $67,600$12,250
Bainbridge Island Historical MuseumOperational Support Tourism Related Facility$15,506$15,000
Bainbridge Island Lodging AssociationDestination Bainbridge 2021$90,700$41,750
Bainbridge Island Parks FoundationTrail Maps and STO Trail Planning$10,000$10,000
Kids Discovery MuseumStrategic Marketing Plan$19,000$9,000
Mobility for AllBainbridge Electric Shuttle$33,646-0-
Visit Bainbridge IslandMulti-Media Destination Marketing Campaign
Visit Kitsap Peninsula12-Month Lodging & Tourism Marketing $18,000$5,000
Winery Alliance of Bainbridge IslandWine of the Rock (Tourism Marketing/ Special Events$22,750$12,000

Total $462,402$225,000

2020 LTAC Funding Recipients

Organization/Proposal Project Requested  Awarded
Arts & Humanities Bainbridge Currents Online Cultural Collaborations
$  14,000
$  10,000
Bainbridge Arts & Crafts Off-Island Advertising $  14,000 $    5,000
Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center $  65,410 $  40,000
Bainbridge Island Downtown Association Multi-Media Destination Marketing Campaign $  68,100 $  35,000
Bainbridge Island Historical Museum 2nd Annual Pickleball Founders Tournament $  29,910 $  12,000
Bainbridge Island Lodging Association Destination Bainbridge: 2020 $  89,600 $  56,500
Bainbridge Island Lodging Association July 4th Fireworks  $  45,000  -0-
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Cultural Impact Programs & Festivals $  20,000 $    5,000
Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation Trillium Trail Family Run $    9,000 $   6,500 
Bloedel Reserve Shoulder Season Awareness Campaign: "Fish Where the Fish Are"  $  23,000  $ 10,000 
City of Bainbridge Island Downtown Wayfinding Signs  $  36,000 $ 12,000 
North Kitsap Tourism Coalition Media Support $  10,000 $    7,000
Visit Bainbridge Island Multi-Media Destination Marketing Campaign
$  71,500
$  50,000
Visit Kitsap Peninsula 12-Month Lodging & Tourism Marketing Campaign

$  24,000

$  12,000
 Winery Alliance of Bainbridge Island
Wine on the Rock Event
$  27,750
$  14,000


2019 LTAC Projects

2019 LTAC Recommendations

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

Organization/ProposalFinal ReportRequestedAwarded
Arts & Humanities BainbridgeLink
$  27,000
$  15,000
Bainbridge Arts & CraftsLink$  38,360$  15,000
Bainbridge Island Chamber of CommerceLink$  85,483$  63,000
Bainbridge Island Downtown AssociationLink$  72,885$  50,000
Bainbridge Island History MuseumLink$  21,000$  12,000
Bainbridge Island Lodging AssociationLink$  69,500$  60,000
Bainbridge Island Museum of ArtLink$  20,000$  10,000
Bainbridge Island Winery AllianceLink$  23,650$  15,000
North Kitsap Tourism CoalitionLink$  10,000$  10,000
Visit Kitsap PeninsulaLink$  18,000$  12,000


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.

Information on Role of Councilmember Liaisons.