ABOUT 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|