A pair of ballet companies, a film festival and a New Year’s Eve celebration are among nearly 100 groups that will split about $5.1 million to promote tourism in Columbia in the coming year.
Dozens of groups devoted to arts, history, culture, sports and more were vying for a piece of Columbia $11.4 million hospitality tax pie, made up of revenues from the city’s 2 percent tax on prepared meals and beverages.
A little more than half of the expected H-tax revenues in 2017-18 will go toward general tourism efforts by the city paid out of the general operating budget – such as maintaining the city’s greenways and paying off debt.
The other $5.1 million is being doled out to groups by the recommendation of a committee and by City Council members.
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Another $2 million in accommodations taxes, collected from hotel stays in the city, will support the Lake Murray and greater Columbia tourism agencies and One Columbia for Arts and History.
Both accommodations and hospitality tax revenues are expected to rise about 5 percent in the coming year.
Here’s the full list of recommended H-tax and A-tax recipients. City Council will consider them Tuesday night at 6 p.m.
THE BIGGEST WINNERS
Groups that will get $50,000 or more in H-tax funding
701 Center for Contemporary Art, $74,000
City Center Partnership: Main Street district, public safety plan, $260,000
Columbia City Ballet, $173,000
Columbia Classical Ballet, $125,000
Columbia Film Society: Indie Grits Film Festival, $70,000
Columbia Film Society: capital campaign, $110,000
Columbia Museum of Art: operations, marketing, $716,107
Columbia Museum of Art: capital campaign, $100,000
Columbia Music Festival Association, Artspace on Pulaski, $245,000
Columbia Township Auditorium Foundation, $54,000
Congaree Vista Guild: operations, clean and safe program: $260,000
EdVenture Children's Museum: marketing and management, $509,850
EdVenture Children's Museum: capital campaign, $125,000
Famously Hot New Year, $130,000
Five Points Association: operations, clean and safe program, $229,000
Gateway to the Army Association: capital campaign, $100,000
Historic Columbia Foundation: heritage tours and programs, $551,500
Historic Columbia Foundation: African-American Heritage Project, $135,000
Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports and Tourism: sports marketing, $78,000
One Columbia: arts and history marketing, $83,800
Parks and Rec Foundation, $75,000
S.C. Philharmonic, $100,000