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Aiken County State Marketing Accommodations Tax Grant

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

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Aiken County Visitors Center

Deadline Date:

03/29/19 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. Funding is intended for expenditures, such as marketing, promotion, and advertising costs, which will attract tourists to a program, attraction, or event. Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate a benefit to unincorporated Aiken County, and for marketing efforts that draw tourists to the area.

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

Term of Contract:

Grant Period: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

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:

Applications are due March 29, 2019 by 5:00 pm at the Aiken County Visitors Center.

-Request for Applications: February 22, 2019 - March 29, 2019
-Application Due Date: March 29, 2019, 5:00 PM
-A-Tax Committee Meeting (applicant present): April 23, 2019, 3:00 PM at the Aiken County Government Center
-Grant Award Notifications: by August 2019
-Grant Period: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

Eligible applicants will be required to attend a meeting of the Committee on April 23, 2019 in order to answer possible questions

Applicants should provide 50% match in cash for their project. A-Tax funds will be distributed after your program or event. The Marketing Grant is a reimbursement.

Contact Information:

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

Mail or hand deliver application to:
Aiken County Visitors Center
Attn: Ashley Havird, Tourism Program Coordinator
133 Laurens St. NW
Aiken, SC 29801

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Carolina: Aiken County