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2017 Kirkland Lodging Tax Funding Announced; Apply by August 10

KIRKLAND, Wash. – The City of Kirkland seeks applications by 5 p.m. on August 10, 2016 for proposed special events and festivals to be held next year in Kirkland, WA. The City’s Tourism Program is hosting an application workshop designed to assist applicants in understanding funding requirements to be held on Monday, July 18, 2016 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Kirkland City Hall, Peter Kirk Room, 123 5th Avenue. The City’s tourism funds will be awarded for the marketing or operations of special events and festivals designed to attract tourists to Kirkland. The grant application form is available on the City of Kirkland's Economic Development  web page.or by contacting Jeannie McGivern at or 425-587-3012.

Kirkland’s Tourism Program has been in operation since 2002. During that time, over $550,000 has been granted to tourism events and programs. The Kirkland Tourism Development Committee (TDC) has proposed to make up to $60,000 available for 2017.

The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 67.28.080 provides authority for cities to adopt a lodging tax of up to 4% of lodging charges made by hotels and motels. The City of Kirkland has adopted a 1% lodging tax rate and may invest these revenues into events that attract visitors to Kirkland.