Funds may only be used for:
Enhancement and beautification of vehicular and pedestrian entrance-ways to the city
Urban beautification generally
Improvements to or operation of major tourist attraction or cultural facilities
Activities performed directly by the City or through contracts that promote use of Salem for conventions, conferences, seminars, or general tourism
Applicants and grant recipients must meet certain reporting requirements and deadlines. This may include reports of how grant funds from a previous fiscal year were used.
More information about the transient occupancy tax and use of its revenue can be found in Chapter 9, Section 56 of the
To be eligible for most grants, your organization must be a non-profit corporation with tax-exempt status under section
501(c) (4), or
501(c) (6) of the Internal Revenue Code. You must provide a copy of your organization’s current 501(c) (3), 501(c) (4), or 501(c) (6) IRS determination letter when you submit your application.
Your organization may be eligible to apply for funding, even if not currently listed with the
IRS as a 501(c) non-profit. To be eligible in this case, your organization must have an interest in promoting cultural and community events in Salem and is apply for a small grant ($2,000 or less).