Given the significant projected revenue shortfalls associated with the local impacts from the COVID-19 crisis, the Ashland City Council approved a resolution at its March 2, 2021 Council Meeting allocating only tourism-eligible funds for this year’s Grant Program. This does not include an allocation for Economic, Cultural and Sustainability grants for the 2021 grant year cycle. those who did not wish to apply or do not qualify for tourism funds will not be eligible to receive funding.
We regret the further impacts that this decision may have on your organization and look forward to future opportunities to work together. If funding does become available for other activities, all applicants will be notified of any new processes to receive such funding.
The available funding total is estimated to be $80,000 for the tourism funds for the 2021-22 grant cycle, with a request to focus on events starting July 1, 2021.
A new application was required to be submitted for the tourism allocation. This application was due by April 28, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.
The focus of these applications was based on tourism. Our current tourism policy states that for tourism funds, an organization needs to show that you are marketing to and attracting customers and/or visitors at the event or program from more than 50 miles away and that that would result in an overnight stay. A copy of the current grant policy is available on our website. This document outlines what tourism is defined as. We would also reference you to ORS 320.300 that gives the state definition of tourism, which the City abides by.
The subcommittee reviewing these applications met May 6, 2021 to review applications and make recommendations for grant allocations to the City of Ashland, Citizens’ Budget Committee. The Citizen's Budget Committee will be considering recommended allocations at its May 11, 2021 meeting.
Proposed Grant allocations are expected to be approved by the Citizens’ Budget Committee and forward to the City Council for adoption in June.
Information to grantees will be sent out via mail with further instructions when these are approved by City Council.
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