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2023 Accommodations Tax Grant

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Town of Hilton Head Island and Hilton Head Island Bluffton Chamber Of Commerce

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09/02/22 4:00 PM


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Grants to South Carolina nonprofit organizations and municipalities for tourism events and projects in eligible locations. Funding is intended to improve local tourism by attracting additional visitors, increasing the number of available activities, and enhancing the visitor experience. Programs must take place on Hilton Head Island.

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GrantWatch ID#: 146229

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Requests for funding must be submitted by a non-profit organization. Applications cannot be accepted from individuals, for-profit entities, or ad-hoc committees. Proof of non-profit status must accompany first time applications, e.g., IRS 501 (c) (3) letter.

As applicable to Hilton Head Island, the State law specifies three groups, in general, which are entitled to receive bed tax funds after other mandated distributions have been made from the total funds available:
- Town government: "Based on the estimated percentage of costs directly attributed to tourists," Town expenditures for "the criminal justice system, law enforcement, fire protection, solid waste collection and health facilities when required to serve tourists and tourist facilities."
- Qualified groups advertising and promoting tourism in order to develop and increase tourism.
- Qualified sponsors of arts and cultural events and for construction, maintenance and operation of facilities for civic and cultural activities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Workshop will be held on August 11, 2022 at 9 am.

The purpose of this workshop is to assist potential applicants with completing the application for Accommodations Tax Funds.

It is highly recommended for applicants to attend the workshop.

Staff will be present to review the technical application process.

Pre-Application Information:

2023 Accommodations Tax Grant Dates & Deadlines:
- Monday, August 1, 2022, 8 am: Application available online
- Thursday, August 11, 2022, 9 am: Applicant Workshop
- Friday, September 2, 2022, 4 pm: Application Deadline
- Thursday, September 29, 2022, 9 am: Preliminary Review of Applications
- Thursday, October 13, 2022, 9 am - 4:30 pm: Applicant Hearings
- Thursday, October 20, 2022, 9 am - 4:30 pm: Applicant Hearings
- Thursday, November 3, 2022, 9 am: Review and Recommendations

Applications will first be subjected to Committee review for compliance with the law as to eligibility.

For those applications passing the initial review, the applicants will be asked to make personal presentations at Committee hearings.
- Presentations are scheduled for October 13 and 20, 2022.
- Each applicant will be notified by email of the time scheduled for its presentation.


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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Contact the Finance Assistant, Cindaia Ervin at or 843-341-4646.

If you have any technical issues with the online application, contact Rene Tuttle at or 843-341-4792.

Hilton Head Island
1 Town Center Court
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

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USA: South Carolina: Hilton Head Island

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