Evaluating bed tax funding applications

275-SPENDING-BED-TAXEach year, Historic City News reports on a gold rush, of sorts, sponsored by the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council. This year, 34 prospectors laid their claims to $847,666 in bed tax money to publicize and promote their programs to potential out-of-town visitors.

Members of the Arts, Culture and Heritage Division funding panel, who evaluate the applications from non-profit organizations seeking funding, include:

  1. Danny Berenberg
  2. John Graham
  3. Michael Kleiman
  4. Dan Sostrom
  5. Karen Watts
  6. Trudy Wild
  7. Alternate: Shandra Studivant
  8. Alternate: Meri Mass

Assigning scores independently from 1-100, the average score is used to rank applicants and determine what percentage of their request will be funded — subject to the blessings of the Tourist Development Council, and, ultimately the St Johns County Board of Commissioners.

2017 Grant Applications A B C D E F G H Total Average
St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum Marketing 95 89 88 94 100 98 94 658 94
St. Johns Chamber Ponte Vedra Auto Show 99 90 88 98 99 88 92 654 93.4
Lightner Museum ‐ Annual Marketing 93 93 83 91 100 97 89 646 92.6
Cultural Center Ponte Vedra Beach Arts Marketing 95 90 100 91 76 94 546 92.5
Lightner Museum Dressing Downton Program Promotion 97 92 86 91 98 91 91 646 92.4
Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra Beach  Home Art Tour 88 90 98 88 96 94 554 92
EMMA  Ukraine to Spain 100 85 86 93 98 88 92 642 91.4
Flagler College  Dialogue for the Next 50 Years 87 86 86 90 98 97 95 639 91
City of St Augustine Beach Blastoff 92 85 86 96 100 92 88 639 90.8
Romanza Celtic Festival 94 95 86 85 100 91 88 639 90.8
St Augustine Civic Association Music By The Sea 90 90 83 90 100 92 91 636 90.6
Cultural Center Ponte Vedra Beach Art Healing 94 87 90 92 89 90 542 90.25
St Augustine Film Festival 63 93 83 87 100 92 95 613 90
EPIC A Taste of St. Augustine 83 77 88 91 98 97 90 624 89.8
Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra Beach  Holiday Shoppes 83 73 98 88 95 90 527 89
Holy Trinity Church Greek Festival 81 91 89 85 100 92 85 623 88.4
Florida Literary Arts Coalition ‐Other Words Conference 63 88 88 81 100 92 90 602 87.8
Seminole Wars Historic Foundation Convocation 69 88 84 89 100 86 89 605 87.2
Florida Heritage Book Festival 76 90 79 84 100 86 95 610 86.8
Limelight Theatre Annual Marketing 91 84 79 63 95 86 90 588 86
Romanza Festival 65 86 85 90 100 91 78 595 86
St Augustine Historic Inns 49 78 82 85 100 90 92 576 85.4
St Augustine Art Association Art Festival 68 88 82 84 98 86 85 591 85
Limelight Theatre ‐25th Anniversary Season 56 88 87 67 94 87 90 569 83.8
Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra Beach Crushed 69 76 96 88 88 78 495 82.5
Historic Florida Militia ‐ Searle’s Sack and Drakes Raid 56 75 81 77 99 91 86 565 82
Romanza  ‐ St  Patrick’s Parade 21 82 82 81 85 92 68 511 79.6
Historic Florida Militia ‐ Changing of the Guard 57 75 80 70 99 90 82 553 79.4
Regatta of Lights and Blessing of the Fleet 48 72 77 70 95 88 89 539 79.2
Art Association  Nature & Wildlife Exhibition 61 83 75 59 92 87 86 543 78.4
St Augustine Easter Week Festival 56 54 78 81 99 87 88 543 78
SEA Community 5th Annual Rails to Trails Festival 51 72 80 75 85 83 69 515 75.8
SEA Community Gullah Geechee Tour 27 81 73 69 95 80 73 498 75.2
Ray Charles Band and Jazz Festival 24 34 70 56 80 60 70 394 58

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