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City seeks to award event, festival funding; Apply by Aug. 14

Contact: Philly Hoshko
City Manager’s Office/Tourism Department

KIRKLAND, Wash. – The City of Kirkland seeks applications by 5 p.m. on August 14, 2015 for proposed special events and festivals to be held next year in Kirkland, WA.  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 online at or by contacting Jeannie McGivern at or 425-587-3012. 

Kirkland’s Tourism Program has been in operation since 2002. During that time, over $475,000 has been granted to tourism events and programs. The Kirkland Tourism Development Committee (TDC) has proposed to make up to $75,000 available for 2016.

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.(06.23.15)