Seaside distributes tourism grants

The Seaside fireworks display brings thousands of visitors to the community. The event received $25,000 from the city's Visitors Bureau.

Seaside’s tourism grant program kicked off Thursday, designed to help organizations, businesses and events drawing visitors to the city. With more than $40,000 available for distribution, the big winner is the city’s chamber of commerce July 4 fireworks display, which received $25,000.

Additional funds are anticipated for the Seaside Music Fest, sponsored by the Seaside Downtown Development Association, scheduled for April 20 and April 21, and the Oregon Coast Classic, a jump rope event organized by the Tsunami Skippers and scheduled for April 21.

In announcing the awards, Jon Rahl, director of tourism marketing for the city’s visitors bureau, said the funds allocated for the program represent a small portion of the bureau’s annual budget, which is funded by the 10 percent lodging tax visitors pay when vacationing in Seaside. The awards represent about 6.5 percent of the bureau’s annual budget of $750,000, Rahl said,

Organizations seeking grants for the 2018-19 fiscal year are encouraged to visit the city’s website for grant guidelines. Completed applications are due Friday, May 11.

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