According to SYVHA Executive Director Mary Harris, “SYVHA Community Grant funds are to be used for publicity and must include reference to overnight stays, including the web site of the SYVHA. We will give preference to activities which occur in the Sunday-Thursday time frame and in the slower occupancy seasons, generally speaking January through April and September through November. Grant amounts are in the $1,000 – $5,000 range.”

Official application forms are available by contacting Mary Harris at or calling 805-325-3528. Grant award announcements will be made at the monthly SYVHA board meeting on October 6, 2011 at 9:00am at the Hadsten House Inn & Spa in Solvang. The meeting is open to the public.

For the first-ever grant cycle In April 2011, SYVHA awarded $56,000 in Community Grants to: Buellton Rotary Club for 2nd annual Central Coaster Car Event; City of Solvang Centennial Committee for year-long activities; City of Solvang Local Organizing Committee for 2011 Amgen Tour of California Time Trials; Danish Days Foundation for 75th annual Danish Days; PCPA Theaterfest for American Premier of “My Fairytale”; People Helping People for annual Vino de Suenos; Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum for 37th annual Vaquero Show & Sale; Santa Ynez Valley Visitors Association for themed weeks; Solvang Conference &Visitors Bureau for annual Julefest and Wildling Museum of Art for annual SYV Artist Studio Tours.

SYVHA was formed in 2010 and is comprised of 32 member hotels in the communities of Solvang, Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, Los Alamos, Buellton and Ballard to administer funds collected by the Santa Ynez Valley Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) promoting overnight stays and economic vitality in the region. Members of the Santa Ynez Valley Hotel Association (SYVHA) 2010-11 Board of Directors are: President Bill Phelps (Hadsten House Inn & Spa; Solvang); Vice-President Paul Navratil (Solvang Gardens Boutique Country Inn; Solvang); Secretary Linda Johansen (King Frederik Inn, Solvang and Pea Soup Andersen’s Inn, Buellton); Treasurer Douglas Ziegler (Santa Ynez Inn, Santa Ynez); Education Chair Mike Hendrick (Santa Ynez Valley Marriott; Buellton); Carol Clearwater (Hotel Corque, Solvang); and Bent Olsen (Solvang Inn & Cottages; Solvang).

For more information about the Santa Ynez Valley Hotel Association, please contact Executive Director Mary Harris at 805-325-3528 or or visit


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