January 10, 2003

Approximately $700,000 Available to Nonprofits Through City Program

Approximately $700,000 is available to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations that attract businesses, increase employment opportunities, or promote the City of San Diego as a tourism destination, through a special City program for the 2004 fiscal year.

Organizations interested in applying for funding should contact the City’s Community and Economic Development Department at (619) 533-4246 to request an application and program guidelines. To simplify the application process, the City has also posted the application and guidelines on its website at www.sandiego.gov. Program applications must be postmarked by the deadline date of Friday, February 14, 2003 or hand-delivered by 5 p.m. to: City of San Diego Community and Economic Development Department, 600 B Street, Suite 400, San Diego, CA 92101. Late applications will not be accepted.

Begun in 1998, the City’s Economic Development and Tourism Support Program (EDTS) provides Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) funds to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations that produce regionally-significant services, programs and events that improve the San Diego economy by boosting tourism, attracting new businesses, and increasing jobs in the area.

All qualifying applications will be reviewed by a panel composed of board members of the City’s Small Business Advisory Board as well as representatives from the tourism industry and business community. To submit a qualify application, organizations must meet the following eligibility requirements:

 Nonprofit status: Organizations must be able to demonstrate proof of nonprofit tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, or Section 23701 d of the California Revenue and Taxation by the application deadline date and a Certificate of Good Standing.

 Track record: Organizations must have engaged in continuous economic, employment or tourism development programming for three (3) years prior to the application deadline within San Diego.

 Location: Activities of the applicant organization must take place within the City of San Diego and provide direct benefits to City of San Diego residents and visitors. Activities must also demonstrate a direct economic and tourist impact.

 Schools: Universities, community colleges, school districts, foundations and private educational enterprises are not eligible to apply.

Organizations interested in applying are encouraged to attend a Technical Assistance Workshop, which provides a general overview of the program application process for new and returning applicants. It will be held on Monday, February 3, 2003 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The workshop will be held at the Community and Economic Development Department in the Comerica Bank Building, 600 B Street, Suite 400, downtown San Diego.

For more information about the Economic Development and Tourism Support Program, contact the City of San Diego’s Community and Economic Development Department at (619) 533-4246 or visit the City’s web site at www.san-diego.gov.

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