Funding generated through Clackamas County

Public, private and nonprofit organizations are invited to submit applications to receive a grant for projects that will promote tourism in the city. Clackamas County Tourism and Cultural Affairs have awarded grant money to the city of West Linn through the county’s Community Partnership Program. 

The grant money is to provide funding for tourism-related projects that have the potential to become significant and self-sustaining, that are aligned with the economic development goals of the city and that have the ability to recognize or demonstrate a return on investment.

Grant details and scheduleA total of $20,000 is available through this program, but individual grants may be issued for projects for as little as $500. Matching funds and in-kind contributions are not required but are strongly encouraged. 

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 16. Project selection and the awarding of funds will take place shortly thereafter.

All funds received must be spent by June 30. Only online applications will be considered.

Tourism means economic activity that is a result of tourists that travel to the area for events or activities related to the arts, heritage or culture and who reside more than 50 miles away from the area or stay overnight at a local lodging facility. 

Grants will only be provided to public, private and nonprofit organizations whose project demonstrates a result that benefits the greater public interests of tourism product development, promotion and/or marketing. 

This is a competitive grant. The selection committee will include a subgroup from the West Linn Economic Development Committee and city staff. Projects and activities in the following specific areas have been identified as priorities for enhancing tourism in the city of West Linn:

n Promotion or enhancement of bicycle tourism in the city

n Promotion or enhancement of the historic, cultural or heritage of West Linn and Clackamas County

n Promotional materials for city activities or events marketed to tourists that will travel in excess of 50 miles away

n Activities that use sustainable practices or enable a facility or organization to have a low impact on the environment

n Promotion or enhancement of parks and river access (e.g. kayak activities)

n Family-friendly activities and events

Projects that emphasize private profitability and/or one where the expense could be considered a normal or regular cost of doing business are not eligible for funding. Similarly, capital improvement projects that will mostly benefit a private for-project enterprise are not eligible for funding. 

For more information, visit Call Chris Kerr, economic development director, at 503-723-2538 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

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