Assistance During COVID-19 Crisis
To All City of Bellingham Tourism Grant Recipients
The world sure has changed since you received notice from the City of Bellingham about your 2020 grant awards. Due to the restrictions associated with COVID-19, the City recognizes there are likely to be impacts to your ability to operate your events as you had planned. A few of you have reached out with your concerns about reimbursement or postponement. I want to assure you if you have already cancelled your event, we will reimburse you for expenses outlined in your contract that you have incurred to date. If you have not cancelled your event we want to work with you.
Please reach out to Shannon Taysi with an email explaining how you intend to proceed, identify any questions you may have, and if you are able, please provide us with a specific proposal. For example, we can explore extending the contract dates for those of you that want to postpone your event – this is what we are going to do with NW Tune Up. Others may need to call it quits now, be reimbursed for your expenses up to this date and terminate the contract. We are hoping for those of you with Fall events, we can keep those in the works.
The bottom line is we want you to succeed and will work with you to find the right solution. This is a difficult time and the last thing we want you to worry about is your grant dollars. I have been called away to respond to the crisis at hand and Shannon has limited hours so be patient on our end to get your contracts revised. Let’s just focus on getting your plan of attack down in writing. Shannon will be coordinating this. Please email Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org
We thank you for all the positive activity you bring to wonderful City. We will need you even more when we begin to recover from this crisis. Please stay safe during this very challenging time.
–Tara Sundin, City of Bellingham, Planning and Community Development
Washington Festivals & Events Virtual Conference: Finding Relief and Building Resilience
Washington Festivals & Events held an informative virtual conference titled “Finding Relief and Building Resilience to address COVID-19 Impact on Events.” The sessions can be viewed here.
- How Do Events Survive Until 2021?
- Financial Crisis Management
- An Update on Event Public Health and Safety Issues
- Crisis Communications
- Going Viral for Real…How to Make Clear and Thoughtful Decisions Going Forward
- Working With Sponsors in the Wake of COVID-19
- Tabletop Discussion: Practicing a Crisis Emergency Plan
- Question and Answer Session
Resources are at www.wfea.org/covid-19. And the COVID-19 King County Handbook for Creative Industries.
The rescheduled annual educational conference is October 13-15, 2020 at the Red Lion in Bellevue. More info here
- See our Tourism Industry Resources page
- Cultural Stakeholders List 2020
- Toolkit – How to Partner with Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism
- Cultural Heritage Tourism Strategic Plan
2020 Events Master Calendar
Cultural Heritage Tourism General Information
- Cultural Heritage Tourism Strategic Plan Final
- Appendix A – Competitive Analysis
- Appendix B – City of Bellingham Entities
- Appendix C – Stakeholder Project Ideas
- Appendix D – Stakeholder Pledges
- Appendix E – Cultural Heritage Asset Inventory
- Appendix F – Market Segmentation & Trend Report
- Appendix G – Bellingham Survey Results – Raw data
- Appendix H – Final Bellingham Hotel Survey June 2017
- Appendix I – Stakeholder Survey Goals
- Appendix J – Roger Brooks Assessment July 2015
- Appendix – Final Assessment Report May 2017
- Market Ready Standards
- Visitor Ready Criteria