The Holiday Pitch Contest is an opportunity for interested and experienced parties to pitch their event idea and compete for funds to support its implementation.
Applicants for the holiday event pitch contest are challenged to create a unique, well-researched, and practical idea for a new holiday-themed event to be held a minimum of one time between November 23rd to December 31st or a significant addition to a current event that the applicant is responsible for hosting that has the potential to attract overnight stays to Batesville.
Pitch ideas must include:
To which audience the event is targeted
Why people would attend the event
Implementation plans (logistics, dates, locations, etc.)
Team responsible for implementation
Demonstration of a well-researched idea
Knowledge, skills, and resources to implement
The Batesville A&P Commission is funding the pitch contest to offset expenses related to promoting the area as the Christmas Capital of Arkansas™, and to encourage the growth of tourism. The funding in this grant is to promote larger events and overnight stays.
Award amounts of $100-$12,000 will be granted. Number of awards granted depend on the quality of the applicant pool and size of requests. Acceptance of funding is a guarantee of implementation. If an awardee accepts funding, but does not implement the idea as pitched, they may be asked to return the funding to the Batesville A&P Commission.
All complete pitch contest applications will be presented to the Batesville A&P Commission for review
Applicants must pitch a new idea or a significant new addition to a current event, events that remain the same from previous years will not be considered
Complete applications must be received by August 8, 2022.
Applying does not guarantee award
Awardees must communicate any event changes that may occur prior to the scheduled start date. Ex: significant detail change, capacity issue, event cancellation, rainout, etc.
The Batesville A&P Commission will provide written notice of the status of applications to the e-mail registered on the application.
Award recipients must agree to recognize the Batesville A&P Commission as a funding source on all printed material and websites. The A&P Commission logo will be provided at the time of award.
Space for banners and/or promotional materials must be made available to the Batesville A&P Commission at the location of the event, if requested.
An event recap is required by the event organizer at the following Batesville A&P Commission meeting. The event recap should include feedback regarding quality of the event including facilities utilized, dining, lodging, and any other related comments.
Complete applications include:
Application information form
A 2-minute maximum video of the applicant’s pitch
A pitch deck complimenting the pitch video
A budget (with narrative, if necessary)
All materials must be submitted here. Complete applications must be received by August 8, 2022.