2020-21 ECTS Grant Process Update
Given the significant projected revenue shortfalls associated with the impacts from the COVID-19 crisis, the Ashland City Council approved a modified resolution at its May 19, 2020 Council Meeting. This resolution removed the categories of Economic, Cultural, and Sustainability from the ECTS grants program. In doing so, the $150,000 in unrestricted TOT revenues are no longer committed to the Economic, Cultural, Tourism and Sustainability Grants and will be utilized for other purposes within the City. The original amount of $80,000 for tourism funds will still be available for tourism only related activities starting in Fall 2020 for the 2020-21 grant cycle.
We regret the further impacts that this may have on organizations but hope there will be understanding as to the reasons for this.
A new application was required to be submitted for the tourism allocation. This application was due by July 8, 2020 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 Committee reviewing these applications met on Tuesday, August 12, 2020 to review applications and make final allocation recommendations. This meeting was held electronically and meeting was available for the public to watch on local RVTV stations and rvtv.sou.edu.
These allocations where adopted as recommended by the Ashland City Council at the August 18, 2020 Business Meeting. Selected Grantees were contacted regarding final steps for grant funding on August 21, 2020.
You can watch the Tourism Grants Ad-Hoc Committee Meeting on the City’s website by clicking here. Additionally, you can also see the information that was included in the agenda for the August 18, 2020 business meeting on these proposed tourism allocations by clicking here. To watch the Council Business Meeting from August 18, 2020 that includes the final adoption of these allocations please click here.
Please feel free to reach out to Natalie Thomason at 541-552-2012 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.