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2021 Accommodations Tax Grant

Grants to South Carolina Nonprofits and Municipalities to
Encourage Tourism and Enhance the Experience of Tourists

Agency Type:

Local

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Town of Hilton Head Island

Conf. Date:

08/13/20

Deadline Date:

09/04/20

Description:

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Grants to South Carolina nonprofit organizations and municipalities in eligible locations to encourage tourism and enhance the experience of tourists. Funding is intended for event advertising, construction of facilities, public services, transportation, shoreline repair, and information centers. Grants must benefit Hilton Head Island.

In order to comply with the State’s Tourism Expenditure Review Committee annual reporting requirements, the current grant request must be classified into the following authorized categories:

  1. Destination Advertising/Promotion: Advertising and promotion of tourism so as to develop and increase tourist attendance through the generation of publicity
  2. Tourism-Related Events: Promotion of the arts and cultural events
  3. Tourism-Related Facilities: Construction, maintenance and operation of facilities for civic and cultural activities including construction and maintenance of access and other nearby roads and utilities for the facilities
  4. Tourism-Related Public Services: The criminal justice system, law enforcement, fire protection, solid waste collection and health facilities when required to serve tourists and tourist facilities (This is based on the estimated percentage of costs directly attributed to tourists. It also includes public facilities such as restrooms, dressing rooms, parks and parking lots)
  5. Tourist Public Transportation: Tourist shuttle transportation
  6. Waterfront Erosion/Control/Repair: Control and repair of waterfront erosion
  7. Operation of Visitor Information Centers: Operating visitor information centers

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146229

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1. 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:
a. 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."
b. Qualified groups advertising and promoting tourism in order to develop and increase tourism.
c. Qualified sponsors of arts and cultural events and for construction, maintenance and operation of facilities for civic and cultural activities.

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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A virtual workshop will be held on August 13, 2020 at 9:00 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.

For more information, contact Cindaia Ervin.

Pre-Application Information:

2020 Accommodations Tax Funding Dates & Deadlines
- Monday, Aug. 3: 8:00 am - Grant Applications available online
- Thursday, Aug 13: 9:00 am Applicant Workshop - Virtual Workshop
- Friday, Sept. 4: 4:00 pm - Application Deadline
- Thursday, Oct. 1: 9:00 am - Preliminary Review of Applications
- Thursday, Oct. 15: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm - Applicant Hearings
- Thursday, Oct. 22:9:00 am - 4:30 pm - Applicant Hearings
- Thursday, Nov. 5: 9:00 am - Review and Recommendations

This year the 2021 Accommodations Tax Grant Application must be submitted electronically, in complete form, through the Town of Hilton Head Island Website no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, September 4, 2020.

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. These presentations are scheduled for October 15 and 22, 2020. All applicant presentations will be held in accordance with Town Council Emergency Ordinance regarding electronic meetings. Each applicant will be notified by email (please make sure to provide a valid email address) of the time scheduled for its presentation.

Dates and Deadlines:
https://services.hiltonheadislandsc.gov/ataxapp/dates.cfm

Guidelines:
https://services.hiltonheadislandsc.gov/ataxapp/ataxapphardcopy.cfm

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:
https://services.hiltonheadislandsc.gov/ataxapp/eataxappmain.cfm

Please contact Cindaia Ervin at 843-341-4646 if you have any questions or concerns.
cindaiae@hiltonheadislandsc.gov

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