Hotel/Motel Grant Program


nighttime in Uptown MarionAbout the Grant Program

Each year the City collects a 7 percent room tax on overnight stays at hotels and motels in the community. The funds are then redistributed through a grant application process to organizations that work to increase tourism in Marion. 

Groups, nonprofit organizations, and other organizations with a benevolent purpose are encouraged to apply. Projects that increase tourists and result in more over-night stays in Marion are given priority.

City staff, City Council representatives, hotel managers and Council-appointed citizens review the applications, determine recommended funding allocations, and make a recommendation to the council for use of the funds.

City Council awarded over $171,000 to 15 area projects/organizations in June 2016.  


Those awarded funding in FY 2016-2017 include:
  • Bike Racks for Marion
  • Giving Tree Theater: Live Theatrical 2016/17 Production Support
  • GO Cedar Rapids: Tourism Promotion
  • Granger House Museum
  • Greater Cedar Rapids Open: Professional Golf Tournament
  • Marion Arts Council: Picnic on the Prairie Fall Concert
  • Marion Arts Festival: 2017
  • Marion Chamber of Commerce: Tourism & Community Development
  • Marion Historical Society, Preserving Marion's Heritage
  • Marion Metro Kiwanis: 7th Annual BBQ Rendezvous
  • Marion Parks & Recreation: Family Entertainment Nights at Lowe Park
  • Marion Parks & Recreation: Community Movie Night
  • Red Cedar Chamber Music: String Chamber Music for Marion
  • Swamp Fox Festival: 2016
  • Uptown Marion, a Main Street Iowa District: Uptown Marion Marketing & Promotions