Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

Important Dates (all meetings will be held on Zoom)

  • Monday, Oct. 18 (6-7:00 pm) – Meeting #1 Orientation 
  • Monday, Oct. 25 (6-7:30 pm) – Meeting #2:  Application Review
  • Wednesday, Nov. 3 (4 -7 pm) – Meeting #3:  Applicant Presentations 
  • Monday, Nov. 15 (6-7:30 pm) – Meeting #4: Funding Recommendations

Request for Proposal- 2022 Lodging Tax Funding Cycle

The City of Bainbridge Island issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) (pdf / word document) for projects to receive funding in 2022 under the Civic Improvement Fund (also known as LTAC). Proposals must be for tourism marketing projects, marketing and operations of special events or festivals, the operation of eligible tourism-related facilities, or capital expenses for an eligible tourism-related facility. 

In a typical year, roughly a dozen organizations receive an award. This year, the City received $667,155 in requests as shown in the table below.  The City plans to award a total of $350,000 in 2022, with awards ranging from $2,000 to $175,000. 

2022 LTAC Funding Requests

Organization/ProposalProjectRequest
Arts and Humanities BainbridgeCertified Creative District$  25,000
Bainbridge Arts and CraftsOff-Island Advertising Package$  14,000
Bainbridge Island Chamber of CommerceMulti-Platform Visitor Information Network$  70,950
Bainbridge Island Downtown Association 
Downtown Walking Map Distribution, Kiosk Maps & Online Consolidated Holiday Marketing$ 20,000
Bainbridge Island Historical MuseumOur Community Past & Present Exhibit$ 30,000
Bainbridge Island Lodging Association
Destination Bainbridge
$ 79,400

Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation
BIJAC Exclusion Memorial 80th Year Observance
25,000
City of Bainbridge IslandSTO Trail - Sakai Pond Connector Trailhead Plaza $ 70,000
City of Bainbridge Island STO Trail Wayfinding Signage$ 30,000
City of Bainbridge IslandTown Square/City Hall Charging Stations & Electrical Upgrades$ 60,000
Kids Discovery MuseumStrategic Marketing Plan $ 30,500
Visit Bainbridge Island Destination Marketing Plan $139,805
Visit Kitsap PeninsulaTourism Marketing$ 50,000
Winery Alliance of Bainbridge IslandWine on the Rock Events$ 22,500

Total$667,155
2022 LTAC Funding Requests

2021 LTAC Funding Recommendations

Organization/Proposal

Project

Requested

Awarded

Arts and Humanities BainbridgeCertified Creative District$10,000$5,000
Bainbridge Arts and Crafts
Off-Island Advertising$14,000$7,000

Bainbridge Island Chamber of CommerceVisitor Information Center$61,500$38,000
Bainbridge Island Downtown AssociationMulti-Media Destination Marketing Campaign $67,600$12,250
Bainbridge Island Historical MuseumOperational Support Tourism Related Facility$15,506$15,000
Bainbridge Island Lodging AssociationDestination Bainbridge 2021$90,700$41,750
Bainbridge Island Parks FoundationTrail Maps and STO Trail Planning$10,000$10,000
Kids Discovery MuseumStrategic Marketing Plan$19,000$9,000
Mobility for AllBainbridge Electric Shuttle$33,646-0-
Visit Bainbridge IslandMulti-Media Destination Marketing Campaign
$99,700$70,000
Visit Kitsap Peninsula12-Month Lodging & Tourism Marketing $18,000$5,000
Winery Alliance of Bainbridge IslandWine of the Rock (Tourism Marketing/ Special Events$22,750$12,000

Total $462,402$225,000
Organization/Proposal

2020 LTAC Funding Recipients


      
Organization/Proposal Project Final Report  Requested  Awarded
Arts & Humanities Bainbridge Currents Online Cultural Collaborations Link 
$  14,000
$  10,000
Bainbridge Arts & Crafts Off-Island Advertising Link $  14,000 $    5,000
Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center Link $  65,410 $  40,000
Bainbridge Island Downtown Association Multi-Media Destination Marketing Campaign Link  $  68,100 $  35,000
Bainbridge Island Historical Museum 2nd Annual Pickleball Founders Tournament Link  $  29,910 $  12,000
Bainbridge Island Lodging Association Destination Bainbridge: 2020 Link  $  89,600 $  56,500
Bainbridge Island Lodging Association July 4th Fireworks  N/A  $  45,000  -0-
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Cultural Impact Programs & Festivals Link  $  20,000 $    5,000
Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation Trillium Trail Family Run Link  $    9,000 $   6,500 
Bloedel Reserve Shoulder Season Awareness Campaign: "Fish Where the Fish Are"  Link  $  23,000  $ 10,000 
City of Bainbridge Island Downtown Wayfinding Signs  N/A  $  36,000 $ 12,000 
North Kitsap Tourism Coalition Media Support Link  $  10,000 $    7,000
Visit Bainbridge Island Multi-Media Destination Marketing Campaign Link 
$  71,500
$  50,000
Visit Kitsap Peninsula 12-Month Lodging & Tourism Marketing Campaign
Link 

$  24,000

$  12,000
 Winery Alliance of Bainbridge Island
Wine on the Rock Event
N/A $  27,750
$  14,000
Total

  $547,270
 $275,000



2019 LTAC Projects

2019 LTAC Recommendations

See the table below for information on projects that received 2019 LTAC funding:

Organization/ProposalFinal ReportRequestedAwarded
Arts & Humanities BainbridgeLink
$  27,000
$  15,000
Bainbridge Arts & CraftsLink$  38,360$  15,000
Bainbridge Island Chamber of CommerceLink$  85,483$  63,000
Bainbridge Island Downtown AssociationLink$  72,885$  50,000
Bainbridge Island History MuseumLink$  21,000$  12,000
Bainbridge Island Lodging AssociationLink$  69,500$  60,000
Bainbridge Island Museum of ArtLink$  20,000$  10,000
Bainbridge Island Winery AllianceLink$  23,650$  15,000
North Kitsap Tourism CoalitionLink$  10,000$  10,000
Visit Kitsap PeninsulaLink$  18,000$  12,000
Total
$388,378$262,000













Purpose


The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) reviews and comments on proposals for expenditures from the City's Lodging Tax Fund, also known as the Civic Improvement Fund.

The Civic Improvement Fund, created through a state tax on overnight stays in lodging establishments (i.e.., hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts), provides funding for projects that will promote tourism and for the acquisition or operation of tourism-related facilities as specified in RCW 67.28.

The LTAC is required to include:

  • At least two representatives from Bainbridge Island businesses which collect lodging taxes, and
  • At least two representatives of businesses or agencies eligible to receive lodging tax funding.

In addition, a Councilmember serves as LTAC Chair, with another Councilmember acting as Co-Chair in a non-voting role.

Information on Role of Councilmember Liaisons.