The City of Seaside Visitors Bureau and Tourism Advisory Committee announced the kickoff of its annual tourism grant program. A total of $30,000-$35,000 is expected to be available for the upcoming 2016-17 fiscal year.

The annual program is designed to help organizations, businesses or events that enhance tourism and drive additional overnight stays in Seaside.

The Seaside Chamber of Commerce is the group’s largest recipient with an annual stipend of $20,000 awarded to support the Fourth of July fireworks celebration. The additional $10,000 to $15,000 is expected to be available for other programs based on past funding cycles.

Those interested in learning more or finding out if their idea would work for such funding should visit seasideOR.com to read complete grant guidelines and download an electronic application. Completed applications are due no later than April 15.

The Seaside Visitors Bureau is a department of the City of Seaside, responsible for visitor services, promotion and marketing of Seaside Oregon as a leisure travel destination. Operations are funded by local lodging tax. The annual funding cycle begins with an application process that opens in February and the selection of recipients taking place at the April and May Tourism Advisory Committee meetings. Those interested in applying for the 2016-17 fiscal year are advised to contact Jon Rahl at info@seasideor.org or 503-738-3097.

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