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Cities seek tourism grant applications

Milwaukie and Oregon City are both looking for your ideas to spur on tourism in Clackamas County.

Grant applications to help fund a project in the 2013-14 fiscal year are now being accepted by the Oregon City Civic Improvement Trust and the Oregon City-Metro Enhancement Committee, which last year awarded a combined $180,580 to groups with projects that they deemed of benefit to the citizens in Oregon City.

The city of Milwaukie is accepting applications for tourism grants through the Clackamas County Community Partnership Program funded with Clackamas County’s transient lodging tax dollars and is intended to bring visitors to the community to get them to “linger longer” to shop, eat and recreate.

OCCIT is a nonprofit entity of the city formed in 1982 to help distribute hotel/motel taxes collected for projects that promote tourism within Oregon City boundaries. There will be $60,000 available for the committee to grant, and applications must be received by 5 p.m. on March 1 to be considered. The committee will meet April 4 to review applications and award grants.

The OCMEC derives its funding from an intergovernmental agreement between Oregon City and Metro through a 50-cent-per-ton surcharge collected at the Metro South Transfer Station on Washington Street. Projects within Oregon City boundaries will be considered and applications are due by 5 p.m. on May 1. The total amount available for grants this year is $70,000, with $25,000 being a maximum award. The OCMEC committee meets May 29 to review applications.

Applications and information for both grant programs are available at orcity.org under the About Oregon City tab.

Milwaukie

Funding for tourism-related projects within the city of Milwaukie should have the potential to become significant and self-sustaining and be aligned with the County Tourism and Cultural Affairs Business Plan and Milwaukie’s Tourism Action Plan.

Up to $20,000 is available for projects, but individual grants may be awarded for projects for as little as $500. Matching funds and in-kind contributions are not required, but are strongly encouraged.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 22. This is a competitive grant that will be reviewed by a committee of city staff and tourism-related business owners from the community. Project selection and grant awards are expected to be made by mid-March. All funds received are to be expended by June 30.

Applicants should review criteria and submit the grant application, both available at ci.milwaukie.or.us/citymanager/community-tourism-grants-available.



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