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Hotel/Motel Funds Awarded to 15 Area Organizations

Post Date:07/10/2017 3:47 PM

Each year the City collects a seven percent room tax on overnight stays at hotels and motels in the community. The funds are then redistributed through the Hotel/Motel Grant Program which awards exempt or non-profit organizations or agencies of a local government that work to increase tourism in Marion. 

A committee consisting of City staff, City Council representatives and Council-appointed citizens review the applications, determine recommended funding allocations and make a recommendation to the council for use of the funds.

Last month, Marion City Council awarded $169,000 in hotel/motel funds to 15 area organizations.

The organizations receiving funding include:

  • Freedom Festival 2018
  • Giving Tree Theater
  • GO Cedar Rapids
  • Granger House
  • Greater Cedar Rapids Open
  • Marion Arts Council
  • Marion Arts Festival
  • Marion Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee
  • Marion Chamber of Commerce
  • Marion Historical Society
  • Marion Metro Kiwanis
  • Marion Parks & Recreation
  • Marion Swamp Fox
  • Red Cedar Chamber
  • Uptown Marion

Local and visitor support of the Best Western PLUS Longbranch, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham and Marion Motel directly contribute to this funding source.