Fayetteville groups have until Oct. 1 to apply for event grants

Local artist Jason Jones talks with A&P Commissioner Adella Gray last year about his proposal to paint murals in downtown Fayetteville.

Photo: Todd Gill, Flyer staff

Groups have until Oct. 1 to apply for grant funding from the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission.

Twice each year, the commission awards non-budgeted funds to groups needing financial help with promoting or starting a local event.

Fall A&P funding amounts

 AwardedRequestedMore info
2015$138,492$386,873Full story
2014$155,922$561,522Full story
2013$261,880$421,980Story 1, 2
2012$145,328$293,115Full story
2011$182,828$388,745Full story
2010$222,176$737,295Full story

Source: Staff report

To be considered, applicant projects must occur in Fayetteville or have a direct impact on the city tourism or arts and culture.

Groups receiving money last fall include TheatreSquared, who had the largest award of $15,000 to put toward marketing costs for the 2016 season.

Other high amounts went to the 18th Annual Weekend of Champions baseball, soccer and softball event ($14,294) and the Arkansas High School Outdoor Track State Championships ($12,000).

Local arts collective Art Amiss received a $10,450 grant to put toward creation of a three-day independent music festival in March 2016.

Funding recommendations are made by a committee led by Molly Rawn, executive director of the commission, and are then presented to the A&P Commissioners for a vote.

“Fayetteville is home to many wonderful groups and organizations doing great work to impact our city, its tourists and our residents in a positive way. It is a privilege to help support that work and a responsibility we take seriously,” said Rawn. “We are always impressed by the caliber of applications we
receive and we expect this year to be no different.”

Rawn said groups requesting funds can expect a few changes to the application this funding cycle, including revisions designed to be more clear and to more accurately portray the commission’s funding goals.

Applications are available at experiencefayetteville.com/commission, or here (PDF).

Recipients will be named by Nov. 21.