Hotel/Motel Grant Program

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nighttime in Uptown MarionABOUT THE PROGRAM

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. The Grant Application process opens in April of each year.

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.

Marion City Council has budgeted $175,000 for the Hotel/Motel Grant Program for FY20-21. This amount is subject to change due to the impact of COVID-19 on Hotel/Motel revenue.

 FY2021 Hotel/Motel Program Schedule
 Application Process Opens  May 5, 2020
 Applications Due  June 12, 2020
 Committee Reviews Applications  June 15 - July 15, 2020
 Council Reviews Committee Recommendations  July 21, 2020
 Council Approves Committee Recommendations  July 23, 2020