All the non-profits that applied for grants from the Tourist
Development Council for the 2021-22 fiscal year received them.
But with $228,000 budgeted, and only $188,000 claimed so far, $40,000
will remain in that line item in the budget to be rolled over for the next
The applications were opened Aug. 4, and after the TDC
approved them, they got the blessing of the county commission.
The largest chunk, $90,000, with be disbursed as six $15,000
Museum grants. Recipients are the Camp Gordon Johnston Associations for the World
War II Museum; the Apalachicola Area Historical Society for the Raney House
Museum; the City of Apalachicola for the Apalachicola Center for History,
Culture and the Arts (HCA); the City of Carrabelle and Carrabelle CARES for the
Carrabelle History Museum; the Carrabelle Lighthouse Association, Inc. for the
Crooked River Lighthouse and Keepers Museum; and the St. George Island
Lighthouse Association for the SGI Lighthouse Museum
The next largest amounts, $5,000 each for major event promotion;
will go to the St. George Island Volunteer Fire Department for the March 3-5,
2022 SGI Regional Charity Chili Cook-off and Auction; to the Apalachicola Bay
Chamber of Commerce for the Jan. 20-22 Butts & Cluck Cook-off; to the Apalachicola
HCA for the Dec. 1-22, 2021 Christmas Extravaganza; the Cultural Coalition for
the Forgotten Coast Plein Air, with dates to be announced; and to the Hillside
Coalition of Laborers for Apalachicola for the Feb. 19-21, 2022 African
American History Festival.
A total of 40 $2,000 Promotion Grants were awarded. Receiving
- Apalachicola Area Historical Society for the Sept. 19, 2021
Heritage Dinner; for the Oct. 30, 2021 Fall Ghost Walk and the May 1, 2022
Spring Ghost Walk; the May 6-19, 2022; and for the Spring Speaker Series
- The Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce for the Nov. 26,
2021 Downtown Holiday Celebration; for the Dec. 2, 2021 Holiday Fresh Market;
for the April 2, 2022 Apalachicola Downtown Art Walk; and for the April 16,
2022 Antique and Classic Boat and Car Show
- The Camp Gordon Johnston Association, Inc, for the Sept. 18,
2021 Smithsonian Museum Day; for the Wartime Memories – Fall Series that runs
from Sept. 15, 2021 to Jan. 31, 2022, for the Spring Series that runs from Feb.
1 to May 22, 2022; and for the March 12, 2022 Camp Gordon Johnston Days.
- The Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce for the Nov. 27, 2021 Small
Business Saturday; for the Dec. 11, 2021 Holiday on the Harbor; and for the
April 24, 2022 Carrabelle Riverfront Festival.
- Carrabelle Cares dba Carrabelle History Museum for the Fall
and Spring Speaker Series, and the Carrabelle Culture Crawl, all with dates to
- The Carrabelle Lighthouse Association for the twice monthly Country
Market; the monthly Full Moon Climb; and for the Nov. 27, 2021 Lantern Fest.
- The Dixie Theatre Foundation, Inc. for the Feb. 22, 2022 David
Earl Comedy Tour.
- Franklin County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
Celebration for the 33rd annual Dr. MLK Jr. Day on Jan. 17, 2022.
- The Mystic Crew of Salty Barkers for the Feb. 26, 2022 Apalachicola
Mardi Gras Barkus Parade
- The SGI Brewfest/ Franklin County Humane Society for the Oct.
16, 2021 and April 23, 2022 SGI Brewfests
- The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory for
the Oct. 16, 2021 Open House.
- The Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts for its season program
on Jan. 9 and 30, and Feb. 6 and 20, 2022
- The Panhandle Players of the Forgotten Coast, LLC for its
four shows, Out of Sight, Out of Murder, on Oct. 29-31, 2021; It’s a
Wonderful Life. On Dec. 3-5, 2021; Accidentally Wealthy, from Feb. 11 to 13,
2022; and for Sweet Tea at the B & B, from March 25-27, 2022.
- The Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Department for its Rib Cookoff, date to
- The St. George Lighthouse Assn. Inc. for its Feb. 11-12,
2022 Tour of Homes.
- Franklin Needs for its Oct. 8, 2021 Pink Out
- The SGI Business Association for its Dec. 3, 2021 Lighting
of the Palms
- The Florida Seafood Festival for its Nov. 5, 2021 Seafood