The Oceanfront Merchants Association will again receive $130,000 in tourism-related grants from the city of Myrtle Beach, the most of the applicants that applied for the money.
Myrtle Beach City Council appropriated $800,000 March 25 to outside agencies seeking grants from the city.
It’s the third year that OMA received the most grant money, getting $130,000 in 2013 and $110,000 in 2012. OMA hosts activities along the boardwalk, including the Downtown Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Hot Summer Nights concerts and events for children.
Additionally, council approved more than $4.6 million in accommodations tax money to city entities.
All of the available accommodations tax money goes toward tourism-related city expenses. Organizations go through the process for accommodations tax money, but the grants come from the general fund.
Each year, representatives of tourism related establishments and events apply for money through the accommodations tax advisory committee. The committee makes recommendations to the council members, who in turn appropriate the money.
All of that money the city receives from the state through the accommodations tax will go toward city expenses such as beach renourishment and monitoring, convention center marketing and public safety.
Included in the grants awarded was $50,000 for the Beach Ball Classic, which is run by Mayor John Rhodes. Rhodes, who was out of the country during the meeting, was not part of the vote.
Grants to outside agencies include:
Atlantic Stage – $2,000
Baseball at the Beach Tournament – 40,000
Beach Ball Classic Inc. – $50,000
Beach Run Invitational – $4,000
Children’s Museum of S.C. – $30,000
Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA – $50,000
Coastal Futbol Alliance – $20,000
Coastal Uncorked – $50,000
Coastal Youth Ballet – $2,500
FPC Concerts Inc. – $15,000
F.G.B-S.B.C. Art Museum – $100,000
Gold Key Jazz – $8,500
Long Bay Symphony – $50,000
Mingo Bay Classic Baseball Tournament – $10,000
Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday – $40,000
Myrtle Beach Film Festival – $5,000
Native Sons Salt Games – $10,000
North South Game Committee Inc. – $20,000
Oceanfront Merchants Association – $130,000
Omar Shriners – $40,000
Palmetto Havoc – $3,000
Palmetto Partners – $20,000
Palmetto Studios Arts Alliance – $25,000
Sons of Italy – $5,000
South Atlantic Shrine Association – $40,000
South by South East – $15,000
Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild – $15,000