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Local projects invited to apply for tourism grant

Submit by Oct. 17 for the Community Partnership Program

The city of Sandy is accepting applications for the Clackamas County Community Partnership tourism grant program.

Every year, the city receives $20,000 from Clackamas County to be used to increase tourism in the area. This year, the grant was divided between the Sandy Mountain Festival and the Sandy Summer Sounds and Starlight Cinema.

The Community Partnership Program provides funding for festival events and activities with the ability to increase overnight stays at lodging in Clackamas County, bring visitors into the community from more than 50 miles away and entice visitors to linger longer.

David Snider, economic development manager for the city of Sandy, said the program is the way for the county to boost tourism, but make sure that cities within the county are involved in the effort.

"It ensures that the money gets spent in our local communities," Snider said.

Grants can be awarded to public, private or nonprofit organizations whose projects benefit the public interests of tourism, product development, promotion and marketing. Categories for support include agritourism, outdoor recreation, heritage and cultural arts, lodging promotion or development, social media and Internet, and bicycle tourism.

Application forms are available online at cityofsandy.com under the heading “News.” The deadline for submission is Friday, Oct. 17. Snider said the applications will be reviewed and recipients selected by November.

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