PERRY – The Perry Chamber of Commerce receives four-sevenths of the Hotel/Motel Tax that is collected in Perry. The Chamber utilizes this funding source in a number of ways for the promotion and encouragement of tourism, including a grant for nonprofit organizations seeking funding assistance for special projects and/or advertising.


This year, the Perry Chamber is switching from an ongoing/as submitted review process to a biannual grant cycle, which will include two grant periods per year. Moving forward, Hotel/Motel Tax Grant Applications will be due on the third Wednesday of April and October, with funding allocated in May and November, respectively. 2019 deadlines are April 17 and Oct. 16, but the first has been extended to Monday, April 22.


State Code governs the use of revenues derived from the Hotel/Motel Tax, a tax collected from the renting of any and all rooms where accommodations are furnished to transient guests for rent. All entities, excepting governmental entities, must be nonprofit as recognized by the Internal Revenue Code of the United States to be eligible for the consideration of the allocation of these grant funds. All recommendations of allocations shall be subject to the approval of the Perry Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.


Eligible applicants include any nonprofit organization whose project has a beneficial impact on the community of Perry. The Board encourages creative projects that enhance the attractiveness of Perry, encourage tourism to the area, or promote events that draw visitors to Perry as a destination.


The application form for the 2019 Hotel/Motel Tax Grant can be found online (www.perryia.org/chamber-of-commerce.html), picked up at the Chamber office (1124 Willis Ave., Suite A), or requested via email.


For more information on Perry’s Hotel/Motel Tax Grant, contact the Perry Chamber of Commerce at perrychamber@perryia.org or (515) 465-4601.