Qualified organizations for Hotel/Motel Grant funding include any exempt or non-profit entities or agencies of a local government whose activities or proposed project for the fiscal year will increase tourism within the City of Marion.
|April 3, 2017
|Grant application process opens
|May 12, 2017
|Deadline to submit application via City of Marion website
|May 15 - June 14, 2017
|Review Committee scores applications and makes funding recommendations
|June 20, 2017
|Funding recommendations are presented to City Council
|June 22, 2017
|Award allocations are awarded by City Council
About the Hotel/Motel Grant Program
The City of Marion collects a seven percent room tax on overnight stays at hotel and motels in the community. Revenues from the tax may legally be used to fund projects that increase tourism and for public improvements. The City uses a formal grant application process to promote orderly and efficient use of the portion of room tax funds retained by the City. City staff, City Council representatives, and Council-appointed citizens will review applications, determine recommended funding allocations, and make a recommendation to the Council for use of the funds. The City of Marion has budgeted $152,500 for the Hotel/Motel Grant Program for FY17-18.
All grant awards are to be requested and expended within 12 months after being awarded (July - June). If payout is not requested by the end of June, funds will be forfeited and revert back to the Hotel/Motel Fund. No extensions will be accepted. When completing the application, please only request funds that will be used July through June.
The City Council will make the final determination of projects to be awarded grant funds. Administration of the project awards will be handled by City staff.
Please review the Hotel/Motel Grant Program for more information. Any questions should be directed to: