Myrtle Beach City Council approves $800,000 in grants for tourism-related organizations, events

03/31/2014 6:00 AM

04/01/2014 6:48 AM

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

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