Explore Lincoln City holds an annual grant funding cycle to fund tourism-related projects in the Lincoln City area. Grant funding is open to all organizations able to demonstrate project feasibility and need, with a primary focus on tourism.

Program Overview

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 which combine the resources of multiple entities are encouraged.

Funding for the Tourism Grant Program comes from the city-wide 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.

RECENT PROGRAM CHANGE: 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 P.M, June 28, 2019.

Eligible Activities

Eligible grant-funded activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Marketing & Promotions (Advertising)
  • Events & Festivals
  • Product & Program Development
  • Infrastructure & Beautification
  • Operational Expenses

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

Grant Guidelines
Grant Application
Marketing Plan Template
Budget Form
Grant Invoice
Volunteer Timesheet
Final Report Template

Workshop Registration

Potential applicants interested in applying for grant funds as recommended by the ELCC 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

  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 • 9 AM – 11 AM • Lincoln City City Hall, Council Chambers
  • Tuesday, May 28, 2019 • 2 PM – 4 PM • Lincoln City City Hall, Council Chambers

Registration for the Grant 101 Workshop is currently closed.

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

Grant 102 Workshop Sessions

  • Monday, August 5, 2019 • 2 PM – 4 PM • Lincoln City City Hall, Council Chambers
  • Friday, August 9, 2019 • 9 AM – 11 AM • Lincoln City City Hall, Council Chambers

Registration for the Grant 102 Workshop will open soon.


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

*All dates and times are subject to City Council approval