Need a little seed money to get your tourism-related idea up and running?

The Canby Area Chamber of Commerce has a deal for you. Thanks to county funds collected from the hotel-motel tax, Clackamas County has allocated about $20,000 to Canby to help fledging tourism ideas get wings.

Got an idea? The chamber will listen.

“I think it’s a great program,” said Bev Doolittle, chamber executive director. “Canby has actually led the way in a couple of projects. We were the first to create a geocaching program with money from this project and we were the first to do a community bike map with these funds.”

The annual project is back and looking for more ideas that will stimulate tourism or tourism related ideas.

How it works:

The Canby Tourism Committee is accepting proposals from interested groups and organizations for a grant to help with funding tourism related projects.

Because the program is funded with transient lodging tax receipts, overnight stays at hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, vacation rentals, and campgrounds throughout Clackamas County, the proposed projects need be directed toward activities that promote tourism or develop tourism products that can sustain and ideally increase overnight stays, thereby ensuring a sustainable source of funding for tourism promotional efforts.

However, enticing visitors into local communities and getting them to “linger longer” to eat, shop and recreate is also a key objective.

What: This fiscal year (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014) the Canby Tourism Committee has received $20,000 in funds from hotel-motel room and camping taxes for local grants to encourage community projects that result in overnight stays, tourism development and visitors shopping locally. In addition, new this year, some applications may qualify for additional funds if specific requirements are met.

Who May Apply: Any group or organization may apply. The applicant’s capability to successfully carry out projects will be considered.

Tourism means economic activity resulting from tourists and tourist means a person who, for business or pleasure, recreation or participation in events related to the arts, heritage or culture, traveling more than 50 miles.

Grantee Workshop: A workshop for those who might be interested in applying for a tourism grant will be held Thursday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m. at The Place to be Café.

Workshop attendance is highly recommended for anyone interested in applying.

At the workshop the application process and forms will be explained, questions answered and assistance offered to anyone who needs help in completing the application. Copies of the Tourism Action Plan, guidelines and forms will be available at the workshop and also by contacting the Canby Chamber of Commerce at 503-266-4600.

Where and When Due: Applications must be completed and submitted to the Canby Tourism Committee, c/o Canby Area Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 35, 191 SE Second Ave, Canby, OR 97013. Proposals may be sent by email attachment, FAX, U.S. Mail or hand delivered to Canby Chamber of Commerce by 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. Late arriving proposals will not be considered.

The proposals will be rated and those considered to have the highest priority will receive funding as funds are available. Some projects might be partially funded or funded later.

Additional information: Contact Bev Doolittle 503-266-4600, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“There are several organizations out there that have applied in the past, so I’m hoping they and others will step up again and come in with some fantastic ideas,” Doolittle said. “A committee will review all the applications. We have a checklist for scoring. We’re hoping we can give, if not all, at least a portion of what is requested.”

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