A&P funding request deadline is this Thursday, April 1

If you’re planning on launching a local festival or event and need some help getting started, the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission might be able to provide some funding.

But only if you apply.

Twice a year, the commission reviews all applications for amounts larger than $2,000 and those applicants who are approved, get a check to be used as seed money.

The money comes from revenue generated by the 2 percent Hotel-Motel-Restaurant (HMR) tax.

The deadlines for submitting an application are April 1 and October 1 of each year. In other words, if you’re just now hearing about this and haven’t started your proposal, you’re probably out of luck until this fall. Hey, April 1 is only three days away.

Last November, the largest awards went to Walton Arts Center’s Artosphere Festival ($30,000), AAA All-Star Games ($30,000), Theatre Squared ($20,000) and Bikes, Babes and Bling ($20,000). (see below for a full list)

According to the application instructions, some of the items that must be included are:

  • Period of operation or event date
  • Expected visitor draw
  • Marketing plan, including advertising, public relations, sales budgets, etc.
  • Anticipated media exposure
  • Full financial disclosure of all revenues and expenses.

For more information or to download an application, visit experiencefayetteville.com.

2010 A&P Commission Awards

(Awards announced November 2009)

AAA All Star Games – June 23-25$30,000
Walton Arts Center Artosphere – May$30,000
Bikes, Babes and Bling – July 1-3$20,000
TheatreSquared – Feb-May$20,000
AAA Coaches Clinic and Golf Tournament – June 23-25$17,250
Bikes, Blues & Hot Rods, Too – May 21-22$10,000
NCAA Baseball Regionals – June 4-6 / 11-13$10,000
NCAA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Championships – March 12-13$7,000
Arkansas Air Museum – Year-round$5,300
U of A Solar Splash – May 26-30$5,000
SEC Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Championships – Feb 26-28$3,500
Joe Martin Stage Race – May 6-9$3,200
Baseball and Softball Weekend of Champions – May 21-22$2,500
Iron Pig Festival – April 3$2,500
FHS Committee for Mardi Gras – Feb. 12-16$2,000
National School Boards Association – March 14-16$2,000
National School Boards Association – March 14-16$2,000
SEC Softball Championships – May 13-15$2,000
NWA Coaches Clinic – March 12-11$1,600
DECA Marketing Association Prom Fashion Show – Feb. 11$1,500
7 A State Track Meet – April 29$1,500
Tri-Sport Kid’s and Family Triathalon – June 19$1,500
Arts Live – Sep.-Nov.$1,000
Soccer Weekend of Champions – May 7-8$1,000
Four State Challenge Volleyball Classic – Oct. 1-2$1,000
Ozarks Military Museum – Year-round$1,000
Ozark Valley Triathalon – June 20$500