SEASIDE - The city of Seaside Visitors Bureau is accepting applications for its Tourism Grant Program for fiscal year 2009-10. This program invites tourism project funding requests from businesses and organizations that: produce programs or events designed to increase overnight visits to Seaside; promote tourist attractions; or develop programs targeted to visitors, especially in the shoulder and winter months.

For the fiscal year 2009-10, it is anticipated that up to $30,000, generated from transient room taxes, will be available for tourism development in Seaside.

Nonprofit organizations and businesses with a project, program or event in Seaside, aimed at tourism development or marketing that promotes local tourism attractions, or brings visitors, or has the potential to bring visitors to Seaside that will create overnight stays in Seaside's commercial lodging properties, may apply. To be considered, projects or events must be finished between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010. Completed applications must be submitted to the tourism director by May 1.

Application forms are available by e-mailing MNorval@CityofSeaside.us. All application forms must be typed and sent as an e-mail attachment to MNorval@CityofSeaside.us. No hand-written non-electronic application forms will be accepted. Support materials can be mailed or delivered to the Tourism Director, 415 First Ave., Seaside, OR 97138.

The proposals will be reviewed by the Tourism Advisory Committee. Organizations will be notified of the status of their funding request by June 30. Approved funding requests will be awarded, and the funds disbursed, by Aug. 15.

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