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2015 Ocotober, TOURISM SANTA FE ANNOUNCES APPLICATION PERIOD FOR 2016 GRANTS IS NOW OPEN

October 9, 2015: TOURISM Santa Fe announces the opening of the application period for Occupancy Tax Advisory Board (OTAB) grants for use in 2016. At the August OTAB meeting, the board voted to move the application period from the spring of the year in which the awards are being granted to the fall preceding the grant year.

2016 applications are now being accepted by TOURISM Santa Fe through November 13, 2015. Reviews of all grant applications will be conducted in early December and funds will be available on a reimbursement basis any time after January 1, 2016.

OTAB is charged with an annual recommendation on the granting of funds in the amount of $70,000 to non-profit organizations to support marketing efforts of reoccurring events. OTAB has adopted the following guidelines for this process:

1. Grants will favor new events that occur in the typical shoulder seasons and off-season to stimulate increased occupancy in hotels.
2. All events that receive marketing funds must be reoccurring events on not less than an annual basis.
3. Organizations can request funding for up to three years, with the maximum award for the first year $30,000, the second year $15,000, and the third year $7,500. Funding for years two and three is not guaranteed and the organization must reapply each year.
Grant applications are available on line at www.santafenm.gov in the TOURISM Santa Fe listing.
For further information on the grant program, please contact Phyllis Ortiz at TOURISM Santa Fe peortiz@santafenm.gov or 505.955.6214.

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Media Contacts:
John Feins
TOURISM Santa Fe
Tel: 505 955 6221
Email: jgfeins@santafenm.gov


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