By NR Staff • 

Carlton offering tourism grants

CARLTON — Carlton's Tourism Committee is offering to help fund events, programs and projects destined to draw tourists to town.

The committee distributes funds raised through the city's room tax. Its mission is to enhance the city and promote its virtues, in the interest of boosting its tourism potential.

"With all the wineries, and some new food establishments, Carlton is a nice place for people to spend a day or a weekend," said Committee Chair Brian Rake.

The city is already home to several visitor-friendly events, such as Carlton Crush and the Wine Country Half-Marathon.

The committee wants to see activities of that nature. "We want projects that will encourage people to stay overnight and see everything we have to offer," Rake said.

Applicants can seek grants for special events, signage, attractions, promotional material and advertising, as long as it furthers tourism. The special events funds can be used to create new events or sustain or expand existing ones.

The committee will give priority to applicants demonstrating an effort to attract tourists from more than 50 miles away, particularly those likely to spend at least one night. It will favor applicants engaging in strategic partnerships figuring to leverage local room tax dollars.

It will not consider grants for political or religious gatherings or ceremonies, or for events designed solely to turn a profit for the organizer.

Applications may be picked up at city hall or downloaded from The deadline is March 15.

A second round is planned later in the year. The deadline for that round will be Sept. 15.

Whether for spring or fall, applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered by the respective closing dates.

For more information, contact City Manager Chad Olsen at 503-852-7575 or

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