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 will be meeting onWednesday, August 12, at 1:00 p.m. to review applications and make final allocations. This meeting will be held electronically. You can watch the meeting on local channel 9 or channels 180 and 181 for Charter Communications customers. You can also stream the meeting via the internet by going to rvtv.sou.edu and selecting RVTV Prime.
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.