Coupeville awards five tourism grants

Coupeville town council awarded $39,300 worth of grants to five local organizations.

Coupeville town council awarded $39,300 worth of grants to five local organizations during its regular meeting Oct. 26.

The grant money comes from the 2% lodging tax and is used to fund events, projects and operations related to tourism. This year, Coupeville had around $50,000 to award — $18,517 generated by the lodging tax last year, $25,000 already in the account and $7,000 from a previous grant that was returned to the town.

The council received five grant applications and, after a short debate, voted unanimously to fund all five in full.

The grant recipients are the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce, which was awarded $20,000 to support operations at its visitor information center; the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association, which was awarded $7,300 to put toward marketing for next year’s Musselfest; Island County Museum, which was given $5,000 for museum operations; the WhidbeyHealth Foundation, which received $5,000 to be put toward next year’s Tour de Whidbey; and the Penn Cove Water Festival Association, which received $2,000 for next year’s festival.

After funding the five grants, the town will retain around $11,000 that can be put toward its own tourism-related projects and operations.

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