A brief look at the October 2011 A&P event funding requests

The October 2011 A&P funding requests are in and 30 event organizers are asking for a total of $433,745.

The request total isn’t nearly as high as last year’s ($737,295), but it’s about twice as much as was eventually awarded ($222,176).

While we’re not sure how much money is available to distribute this time around, the $500,000 in reserve funds the commission recently gave to the Walton Arts Center for a renovation of the AMP shouldn’t have any effect.

In fact, A&P Director Marilyn Heifner told the commission they “probably wouldn’t even see a blip on the radar” at the September meeting.

Below is a brief overview of each of the events that have requested financial help. For full details on each request application, see the complete, 135-page packet in our Documents section.

  1. Last Night Fayetteville$19,500
    Creative Economy Action Group, Inc. requests funding help for a New Year’s Eve celebration on the Fayetteville Square with multiple activities including the Hog Drop countdown to midnight and a fireworks finale.
  2. DECA Fashion Show$1,800
    Fayetteville High School would like help to rent the Fayetteville Town Center for the 10th annual DECA Fashion Show, a February 2012 community service event benefiting Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
  3. NWA Men’s Expo$2,995
    Big Hats Consulting is requesting marketing funds for a March 2012 event at the Washington County Fairgrounds for men including a golf expo as well as activities related to “health and wellness, cooking and entertainment, sports, leisure and life style.”
  4. Iron Pig Festival$5,000
    All Sports Productions is requesting funds to help with the 4th annual Iron Pig Festival to be held in April 2012. The event features a duathlon, a 5K run and an 18-mile bike time trial.
  5. Earth Day Festival$8,450
    Treadwell Institute is requesting help for another set of Earth Day-related events in Fayetteville in April 2012.
  6. 2012 SEC Women’s Golf Championships$7,500
    The University of Arkansas Athletics Department would like funding help to promote and offset expenses related to its hosting of the 2012 SEC Women’s Golf Championship in April 2012.
  7. Fayetteville Foam Fest & NWA Cheese Dip Classic$25,000
    Arkansas Convention & Event Marketing, Inc. requests funding assistance for advertising costs, merchandising, and website development for the Fayetteville Foam Fest & NWA Cheese Dip Classic to be held in late April 2012.
  8. RockIT Music Week$24,000
    NAMA organizers are requesting help for a weeklong music event in April 2012 that includes seminars, performances and a vendor fair.
  9. Joe Martin Stage Race$15,000
    All Sports Productions is requesting help for expenses related to the 2012 Joe Martin Stage Race to be held in April 2012.
  10. Dogwood Walk$15,000
    The Humane Society of the Ozarks would like help paying expenses required for the 20th annual Dogwood Walk including t-shirts, goody bags, tent rentals, tables, chairs, posters, registration forms, brochures, marketing and entertainment.
  11. Arts Live Theatre$2,000
    Arts Live Theatre would use any funds distributed towards the fourth second stage production The Bridge To Terabithia and the main stage production Honk!.
  12. Weekend of Champions$12,000
    Fayetteville High School is requesting help for the 14th annual Weekend of Champions event in May 2012 which includes baseball and fast pitch softball games.
  13. NCAA Baseball Regional and Super Regional$12,000
    The University of Arkansas Athletics Department would like help promoting the 2012 NCAA Baseball Regional and Super Regional (if held) in June 2012.
  14. Arkansas H.S. Coaches All Star Games$30,000
    The Arkansas Activities Association is requesting funds to go towards the 2012 AAA All Star Games held in June at various UA athletics facilities for over 600 girls and boys coaches and athletes from all over the state.
  15. Arkansas H.S. Coaches Clinic$27,500
    The Arkansas Activities Association is requesting help funding the 57th annual ASHCA Coaches Clinic and golf tournament, an event held in June 2012 which draws an estimated 1,500 Arkansas coaches.
  16. Ozark Valley Triathlon$5,000
    All Sports Productions is requesting money to help fund the 2012 Ozark Valley Triathlon, an event held in June which began in 2003 and expects attendance of about 450 participants.
  17. Fayetteville Freedom Fireworks$25,000
    Uptown Fayetteville Association Inc. would like help funding the promotion of a Fourth of July Freedom Fireworks celebration in 2012.
  18. Fayetteville SCR Water Ski Championships$12,000
    The Cedar Creek Water Ski Park requests funding assistance for the 2012 South Central Regional Water-ski Championships, a 300+ competitor event held in late July.
  19. WordCamp$2,000
    WordCamp Fayetteville is requesting financial help promoting the third year of WordCamp Fayetteville, a July conference that teaches people about WordPress, an open source online Content Management System.
  20. Hooten high school football game$18,000
    Hooten Publishing, Inc. requests help to fund two high school football games in late August 2012.
  21. Fest of All$3,000
    The City of Fayettevil Ie Community Services Division would like help funding the 2nd annual FEST of ALL celebration of cultures in the Ozarks.
  22. Tri-State Volleyball Challenge$3,000
    Fayetteville High School is requesting financial help to host the Tri-State Volleyball Challenge volleyball tournament at Arkansas Athletes Outreach facility in September 2012.
  23. Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival$20,000
    Chile Pepper, Inc. would like help funding the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival, a 23-year-old running event held in October designed to raise money for area high school cross country programs.
  24. Arkansas Entertainers Walk of Fame$5,000
    Arkansas Entertainers, Inc. is requesting help to launch a new annual event commemorating Arkansas entertainers that would include an induction reception/concert and the installation of bronze emblems of famous Arkansans in the sidewalks along Dickson Street based on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  25. Fayetteville Underground$45,000
    Fayetteville Underground Inc. would like financial assistance to move the gallery from East Square Plaza to 101 W. Mountain Street and for a gallery guide.
  26. Mural Project$13,000
    Matt Miller is requesting advertising help for a launch event for his ongoing Mural Project.
  27. Northwest Arkansas Community Creative Center$10,000
    NWACCC is requesting funding support for its 2012 marketing efforts.
  28. Ozark Military Museum$10,000
    Ozark Military Museum would like financial assistance for advertising and restoration of museum artifacts.
  29. TheatreSquared$30,000
    TheatreSquared is requesting sponsorship help for its 2012 season.
  30. Washington County Fair Livestock Arena$25,000
    The Washington County Fair Association would like financial assistance to renovate its Livestock Arena.

Oct. 2011 applicants

Event dateEvent2011 Request2010 Received
Dec. 31, 2011Last Night$19,500
Feb. 23DECA Fashion Show$1,800$1,828
March 9-10Men’s Expo$2,995
April 7Iron Pig Festival$5,000$1,250
April 14-29Earth Day Festival$8,450$2,600
April 20-222012 SEC Women’s Golf Championships$7,500
April 20-21Fay. Foam Fest & the NWA Cheese Dip Classic$25,000
April 23-29RockIT Music Week$24,000$7,000
April 26-29Joe Martin Stage Race$15,000$1,250
May 5Dogwood Walk$15,000
March 7-11, May 17-20Arts Live Theatre$2,000$1,000
May 18-19Weekend of Champions$12,000$10,000
June 1-4, June 8-10NCAA Baseball Regional and Super Regional$12,000
June 17-25AAA All Star Games$30,000$30,000
June 21-25AAA Coaches Clinic$27,500$17,250
June 24Ozark Valley Triathlon$5,000$1,250
July 4Fayetteville Freedom Fireworks$25,000$15,000
July 26-29 Fayetteville SCR Water-Ski Championships$12,000
Aug. 30Hooten High School Football game$18,000$2,500
Sept. 6FEST of ALL$3,000
Sept. 22Tri-State Volleyball Challenge$3,000
Oct. 12Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival$20,000$5,000
 Arkansas Entertainers Walk of Fame$5,000
 Fayetteville Underground$45,000$3,000
 Mural project$13,000
 Northwest Arkansas Community Creative Center$10,000
 Ozark Military Museum$10,000
  TheatreSquared $30,000
  Washington County Fair Livestock Arena $25,000
Grand Total $433,745

Source: Flyer staff report