Grant Program

Explore Lincoln City supports tourism via an annual grant that’s open to all organizations able to demonstrate project feasibility and need.

Lincoln City has established a Tourism Grant Program to assist local organizations in creating experiences that will enhance the tourism promotion efforts of the Explore Lincoln City, increasing overnight stays in Lincoln City.

The Explore Lincoln City Committee (ELCC) looks for projects that offer unique opportunities consistent with local tourism goals and objectives. Projects should identify a specific target market and offer a specific strategy for reaching this market. Projects that combine the resources of multiple entities are encouraged.

Funding for the Tourism Grant Program comes from the citywide transient room tax and is subject to the restrictions on the use of transient room tax funds earmarked for tourism promotion and is contingent on funding availability. Applicants may apply for more than one project during the cycle.

Explore Lincoln City will now offer ONE application cycle per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).

Grant Application & Guidelines

All grant applications must meet the approved guidelines to become eligible for review and funding consideration. Applications must be received no later than 5:00 PM, June 29, 2018.

Eligible Activities

Selection Criteria

Applicants should demonstrate how the project will increase visitation and overnight stays. Must show applicant’s ability to complete the project, leverage funds and in-kind support, realistic budgets, and provide measurable objectives.

Strong emphasis is placed on projects that attract visitors to Lincoln City from 50 or more miles away and those activities which take place outside of peak visitation periods. Projects that encourage overnight stays and stays of greater length, resulting in new and improved tourism product and that are cooperative in nature are preferred.

Grant Documents

Workshop Registration

Potential applicants interested in applying for grant funds as awarded by the Visitor and Convention Committee are required to complete the Grant 101 workshop. This workshop is designed to communicate the objectives of Lincoln City’s tourism campaign and demonstrate how to write a grant that is in alignment with those goals.

Grant 101 Workshop Sessions

Registration for the Grant 101 Workshop is currently closed.

Applicants awarded grant funding will be required to complete a one-time Grant 102 workshop. This workshop is designed to explain the requirements and terms of Explore Lincoln City grant funding.

Grant 102 Workshop Sessions

Register for the Grant 102 Workshop


May 23 or 28, 2019 – Grant 101 Workshop (Required for all grant applicants)
June 28, 2019 – Deadline for submitting applications
July 16, 2019 – ELCC meeting – Proposal scoring, review and recommendation, Culinary Center, 4th Floor (Required for all grant applicants)
August 5 or 9, 2019
– Grant 102 Workshop (Required for all successful applicants)