Tourism commission awards more than $87,000 in grants

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

More than $87,000 in grant funding was awarded by the Marshall Tourism Commission this past week after commission members reviewed requests from 16 organizations.

According to Stan Moore, of the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation Tourism Committee -- a separate organization through which grant requests are funneled and organized -- the approved amount for 2015 is governed by the anticipated "motel tax" revenue from this year.

A majority of the organizations have been awarded annual grants in the past several years, including the Marshall Chamber of Commerce -- awarded $20,190 for 2015. Marshall Cultural Council's request for support of the Bob James Jazz Festival was awarded a $3,005 grant, and the Martin Community Center/Nicholas Beazley Aviation Museum was awarded $12,511.

However, one new organization was on the list this year -- Stitch by Stitch Quilt Guild. The group is planning a two-day event in September 2015. It was awarded $2,495 to support the event.

In an email communication, Moore described some of the organizations' project requests.

"The Saline County Fair's Cornhusking event advertising in the Show Me magazine, as well as Jim the Wonder Dog Museum and Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum participating in a Missouri Department of Tourism program to advertise in the Midwest Traveler (AAA -- Midwest Edition) magazine. Many of the Tourism Affiliate request was to continue to advertise in the Boonslick Visitor Guide that includes maps of the popular barn quilt driving trail through Cooper, Howard and Saline counties," he said. "New for 2015 will also include an updated 'Marshall Brochure' that will be distributed throughout the state at the Official Missouri Visitor Centers, the Missouri State Fair and other high-traffic tourism events and activities."

Funds awarded through the Marshall Tourism Commission are garnered through the local "motel tax." Part of the application criteria is that the funds support events and organizations that draw visitors for overnight stays in Marshall. The commission awards an average of between $75,000-90,000 annually.

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