Lawrence City Commission to decide which tourism-generating events will receive grants under new program

The Lawrence City Commission will decide Tuesday what events to fund — and how much they should receive — through a new grant program created to give a boost to tourism-generating activities.

The first round of the Transient Guest Tax Grant Program garnered two dozen applications totaling $225,671 in funding requests. The newly established Transient Guest Tax Advisory Board was tasked with picking and choosing which organizations received funding.

The seven-member board chose 15 programs to receive the maximum $150,000. However, after questions about how the board calculated the 25 percent rule (no more than 25 percent of the event’s budget could be funded through the city), one event’s grant was decreased and two more may be omitted.

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