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Accommodations Tax State Marketing Grant

Grants to Aiken County, South Carolina Nonprofits
to Promote Tourism Events and Attractions

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Aiken County Visitors Center

Deadline Date:

03/29/18 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Aiken County, South Carolina nonprofit organizations to promote tourism and overnight stays in unincorporated areas of the county. Eligible expenditures include marketing, promotion, and advertising costs that will attract tourists to a program, attraction, or event.

Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate a benefit to unincorporated Aiken County. Marketing efforts that draw tourists to the area, especially those areas where Aiken County collects Accommodations Tax, which are the unincorporated Aiken County areas.

Priority will be given to projects that:
-Generate overnight stay in unincorporated Aiken County’s lodging facilities; and
-Promote and highlight unincorporated Aiken County’s historic and cultural venues, tourist-related venues, recreational facilities and events, and the uniqueness and flavor of the local community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181483

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Term of Contract:

The grant period is July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements:
-Applicant organizations must have been in existence for at least one (1) year prior to requesting fund.
-Applicants must provide proof of their nonprofit status. The letter of exemption, including the Federal ID # from the IRS must accompany your proposal or written proof of nonprofit status as registered with the SC Secretary of State.
-Aiken County will not award A-Tax funds to individuals, fraternal organizations, religious organizations, or organizations that support and/or endorse political campaigns.

Allocation Requirements:
-Organizations that are physically located in the areas where the county collects Accommodations Tax revenues provided the organization also sponsors projects or events within those areas.
-Organizations that are not physically located in the areas where the county collects Accommodations Tax Revenues; however, the organization sponsors projects or events within those areas.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants should provide 50% match in cash for their project.

To be considered for funding, an application must be received by the funding deadline of March 29, 2018, 5:00 PM.

Eligible applicants will be required to attend a meeting of the Committee on April 17, 2018 in order to answer possible questions.

The Committee will review and score each application based on the evaluation measures described below. Applications will be ranked based on the scores and the Committee will determine funding recommendations. The Committee will submit its funding recommendations to County Council. County Council makes all final funding decisions; however, the Council relies heavily on the recommendations of the Committee. Funding of all projects is entirely dependent upon A-Tax funds being received by Aiken County.

Applicant organizations will be notified of the funding outcome in writing by September 2018. Awards will be available for reimbursement.

-Request for Applications: February 23, 2018 - March 29, 2018
-Application Due Date: March 29, 2018, 5:00 PM
-A-Tax Committee Meeting (applicant present): April 17, 2018, 3:00 PM at the Aiken County Government Center
-Grant Award Notifications: by September 2018
-Grant Period: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019
-Final Reports: May 24, 2019 and / or July 26, 2019

Contact Information:

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

Ashley Havird

Aiken County Visitors Center
133 Laurens St. NW
Aiken SC 29801

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Carolina: Aiken County