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December 16, 2022
Christie Voos | Communications Analyst, City of Leavenworth
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CITY OF LEAVENWORTH ANNOUNCES 2023 LEAVENWORTH FUND GRANT RECIPIENTS
LEAVENWORTH, WA – The City of Leavenworth today announced the 2023 Leavenworth Fund grant recipients. The Leavenworth Fund is the official grant program through which the City of Leavenworth accepts requests from 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) non-profit organizations for funding from the City’s general or lodging tax funds. Grant requests were accepted until October 31st of this year.
During the Regularly scheduled City Council meeting on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, City Council members unanimously approved the recommendations from the Economic Development Committee for the following applicants, totaling $133,980 in grants:
Dangerous Women, Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, Leavenworth Alphorn Association, Leavenworth Community Farmers Market, Leavenworth Jazz Association, Leavenworth Methodist Church, Leavenworth Rotary Club, Leavenworth Summer Theatre, Leavenworth Village Voices, Leavenworth Winter Sports Club, Mountain Meadows, Tierra Village, Upper Valley Connection, Upper Valley Historical Society, and Wenatchee River Institute.
Funds available for 2023 included $125,000 from lodging tax and $50,000 from general fund dollars, for a total of $175,000. Not all funds were granted; the remainder will roll into next year.
Applicants could request up to $10,000 for each application, and were scored on different criteria based on which grant funds they applied for. For example, Lodging tax has specific requirements for use – applicants were scored on tourism benefits, attracting “heads in beds,” length of impact, and sustainable future funding among other requirements. The City’s general fund received the most requests, as the funds can be used more widely. Applications benefiting our community, youth, and seniors were scored higher than those that benefited a single entity, and more weight was given to new projects and those that had a longer length of impact. All applicants were expected to show sources of all funding and a detailed workplan. The 2024 Leavenworth Fund will begin in late spring or early summer 2023.
“We are excited to announce our worthy grant recipients,” said City Administrator, Selby, “and that next year, we will have at least $210,000 in funding available.”
If you have questions, or for more information / para más información, please contact Christie Voos at [email protected].