Council Memo

Review of FY20 Tourism Grant Awards.


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Recommended Action: MOVE to approve the FY 20 Tourism Advisory Committee (TAC), and Prescott Area Arts and Humanities Council (PAAHC) grant awards, totaling $79,442.84 from the Transient Occupancy (Bed) Tax.


Item Summary


This item is intended for Council to review and approve individual allocations of the FY 20 Tourism Advisory Committee (TAC) and Prescott Area Arts and Humanities Council (PAAHC) grants. 




Every year, the Tourism Advisory Committee reviews and awards grants for locally based non-profit organizations that host events in Prescott.  The grants are designed to assist the organizations with marketing efforts that bring visitors to Prescott, particularly to spend the night in local hotels and lodging.


This year, 26 organizations will receive a total of just under $80,000.00 for their events between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. This allocation was approved by Council in the FY2020 budget.


The award recipients were invited to this meeting to officially receive their grant and to address Council if they desire to do so.


Financial Impact


$79,442.00 is from the Transient Occupancy (Bed) Tax.  This is a budgeted allocation.



Meeting History

Aug 13, 2019 3:30 PM  City Council Voting Meeting
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Community Outreach Manager John Heiney provided a presentation to Council regarding TAC’s review of annual non-profit special event grants, and discussed the 26 organizations that will be receiving funds from the just under $80,000 available in total for FY20.

Mayor Mengarelli said that this is a tremendous to invest in our community and thanked staff and TAC members for their work on reviewing all of the applications.

Mayor Pro Tem Orr echoed the Mayor's comments and commended TAC on their work. She said this is a great example of how our bed tax also puts back into the community directly.

Liz Graham, Board Member of AZ Cowboy Poets Gathering, addressed and thanked Council regarding the just concluded 32nd Annual event. She said that they set records in attendance this year with their event at Yavapai College which includes both daytime events open to the public and ticketed evening shows as well. The city’s support is very helpful and it allows them to promote the city and retain a historical facet of our community.

MOVER:Jim Lamerson, Councilman
SECONDER:Steve Blair, Councilman
AYES:Greg Mengarelli, Billie Orr, Steve Blair, Phil Goode, Jim Lamerson, Alexa Scholl, Steve Sischka