The city of Yelm is looking for applicants who are eligible to receive lodging tax funds to bolster tourism in the Yelm area.
The funds are open to government organizations and nonprofit groups that hold events that bring people into town.
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, applications dropped from between 10 to 12 before the pandemic to just two last year.
“We are trying to get a few more applicants,” Yelm City Clerk Kathy Linnemeyer said. “In the previous two years, it has been minimal because we haven’t had many events, but we opened it back up and haven’t gotten many applicants.”
There is currently about $20,000 in funds ready to be dispersed.
The money needs to be used for tourism, promotion and marketing of events. It can be used for capital expenditures for tourism facilities as well.
“If it’s open for tourists to stop by and get information, money can be used to maintain facilities,” Linnemeyer explained.
The money is reimbursed rather than given up front. If a group or government organization is awarded lodging tax money, they have to spend money they already have, provide receipts and then would be granted the funds.
The current application process is open until May 31. The application can be found online at https://lf.yelmwa.gov/Forms/LTAC.
For more information, contact Linnemeyer by phone at 360-458-8816 or by email at email@example.com.
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