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Tourist Impact Fund (TIF) Grant

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2023-2024 Grant Application now closed 

The Sonoma County Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) is a tax on accommodations at lodging and camping facilities in the unincorporated areas of the county. From this fund, each Supervisorial District in the county receives a percentage for discretionary projects within each District from the Tourism Impact Fund.

Applications can be accepted any time and funds are normally available beginning in October.

These funds are then awarded in small grants to not for profit organizations to create improvement projects in their community. Awards are based upon the TIF funding area and criteria as listed in below. For geographical areas covered by Municipal Advisory Councils (MAC), the TIF policy has been determined by the MAC with input from the community. For those geographical areas not covered by a MAC, the application will go to District 5 staff and similar policy and procedures will be followed.

General Funding Criteria (No preferential order)

*Applicants must be a not for-profit organization.

Extra points will be given to those projects that can demonstrate the following, although all good projects fitting the funding priority areas will be considered. 

  • Greatest Impact on Community
  • Multi-Community Benefit
  • Best Return for Dollars (Leveraging/Matching Funds)
  • Geographic Fairness
  • Environmental Sensitivity

River MAC funding priorities

  • Trash removal
  • Restrooms
  • Community Resilience
  • Parking / Crosswalks / Sidewalks
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Security
  • Homeless prevention

Sonoma Coast MAC funding priorities

  • Tourism Impact Mitigation
  • Innovative Community enhancement projects
  • Community Resilience
  • Communications infrastructure
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Economic development

Grants are awarded once in the Fall and once in the Spring.

Apply for 5th District TIF Grants using PDF form »