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.
The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is established through Chapter 67.28 of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and is charged with reviewing and making recommendations to the City Council about the allocation of the Civic Improvement Fund (CIF). This special fund exists pursuant to City Code 3.65.040 through the collection of a tax on overnight lodging on the island. The State’s requirements restrict the use of the fund to projects in the following categories:
● tourism marketing projects
● marketing and operations of special events or festivals
● the operation of tourism related facilities, or
● capital expenses for a tourism related facility
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 7 (5:00-7:00 pm) – Deliberations
*All meeting will be held at City Hall, 280 Madison Avenue N, Bainbridge Island, WA
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).
LTAC committee members meet during the Fall to review project proposals and develop a funding recommendation. The award process typically involves member participation in 1-2 orientation meetings in September, and then 2-3 meetings to receive and review proposals in October and November. The LTAC develops a funding recommendation that is submitted to the City Council for consideration and approval. For more information visit: