City accepts applications for tourism grants

The city of Arlington has announced a second opportunity to apply for public and non-profit agencies for projects that assist tourism development and promotion in the city.
The program is funded through taxes from hotel and motel room rentals in the city of Arlington. The city has an additional $15,000 in funds to award on a competitive basis to eligible applicants with the demonstrated ability to complete their projects by Dec. 31, 2008.
Application forms are available from the citys finance department at 238 N. Olympic Ave. in Arlington and must be returned by 5 p.m., on Feb. 29. For information call 360-403-3421.
Each proposal submitted will be considered by the Hotel/Motel Tax Advisory Committee before recommendation to the City Council for final decision.County offers parks and recreation grants
Snohomish County has announced a new grant program launched by Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon for building sports and recreational facilities. Youth sports and community organizations are invited to compete in the new Youth Amenities and Recreation Development (YARD) grant program in partnership with public entities such as the county, cities or school districts. Grants may be used to rehabilitate, expand or develop sports fields, playgrounds and other recreational facilities serving youth in Snohomish County. The program is part of the Community Enhancement Initiative proposed by Reardon as part of the countys 2008 budget.
These grants will allow us to partner with stakeholders to provide community-based recreational facilities for Snohomish County youth, Reardon said. Youth sports and other community organizations are part of the fabric of our county and we look forward to partnering with them.
A total of $450,000 is allocated to the grant program. Successful applicants will receive up to $75,000 to assist in the construction of the facilities described in their proposals. Selected organizations must match grant proceeds with cash or volunteer labor. Successful applicants will be announced in May.
Application materials are available on the Snohomish County Web site and can be downloaded by going to and searching Parks. Applications are due March 7 to Parks Administration. For information call Snohomish County Parks at 425-388-6600.

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