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FY19 Local Tourism Development Grant

Grants to South Carolina Nonprofits to Promote
the Local Tourism Industry in Aiken County

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Aiken County Visitors Center

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Deadline Date:

06/15/18 5:00 PM


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Grants totaling approximately $25,000 to South Carolina nonprofits to promote local tourism, primarily in unincorporated areas of Aiken County. Projects should result in an increase of overnight stays in local lodging facilities.

Funding from this program may be used for:
1) Tourism-related buildings including, but not limited to, civic centers, coliseums, and aquariums;
2) Tourism-related cultural, recreational, or historic facilities;
3) Tourism-related land and water access;
4) Highways, roads, streets, and bridges providing access to tourist destinations;
5) Water and sewer infrastructure to serve tourism-related demands.

As required by State Statute and by the requirements established herein, organizations and/or projects to be funded by A-Tax Funds must have as their primary mission the attraction of tourists to Aiken County. Each funding proposal will be reviewed individually to determine the potential impact it will have on the County’s tourism efforts.

Priority will be given to organizations and/or projects that have the following characteristics: will generate overnight stay(s) in lodging facilities in the unincorporated areas of Aiken County; will promote and highlight unincorporated Aiken County’s historic and cultural venues; recreational facilities and events; natural resources, and the uniqueness and flavor of the local community; and will provide 50% matching funds.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179834

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Term of Contract:

The FY18 Grant Period is July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019.

Multi-year commitments should be avoided.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant organizations must have been in existence for at least one (1) year prior to requesting funds and provide their federal employer identification number as registered with the IRS.

Applicants must provide proof of their nonprofit status and whose primary goal is to attract additional visitors through tourism promotion. The letter of exemption from the IRS and/or the SC Secretary of State’s proof of good standing must accompany your proposal.

Aiken County will not award Accommodations Tax funds to individuals, fraternal organizations, religious organizations, or organizations that support and/or endorse political campaigns.

Incorporated Area 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 project or event in which you are applying for is within the unincorporated areas.

If you are not sure if your program or organization is located in incorporated or unincorporated Aiken County, please call the Aiken County Visitors Center for assistance at 803.642.7557. Each application/proposed project will be reviewed individually to determine the potential impact it will have for tourism in unincorporated Aiken County.

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be a public workshop held May 30, 2018 in the Shaws Conference room of the Aiken County Government Center from 5:30pm-6:30pm to assist with the application process.

Please rsvp by 5:00pm May 30, 2018 to Ashley Havird if you plan on attending the workshop.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on June 15, 2018. Emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted. Due dates are
not post mark dates. Applications must be received by 5:00 pm or they will not be considered for funding.

The county requires the provision of "matching dollars," with fifty (50) percent (dollar for dollar match) as the
recommended guideline. Preference in allocation of funding shall be to organizations with matching funds.

Eligible applicants will be required to attend a meeting of the Committee on July 10, 2018 at the Aiken County Government Center in order to answer possible questions.

-FY19 Grant Period: July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019
-Request for applications: May 4 – June 15, 2018
-Application due date: June 15, 2018 5:00 PM
-Accommodations Tax Committee meeting (applicant present): July 10, 2018 3:00 PM
-Aiken County Budget & Grant Award Notifications: By September 2018

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 applications to:

Aiken County Visitors Center
Attn: Ashley Havird
133 Laurens St. NW
Aiken, SC 29801

Ashley Havird, Aiken County Tourism Program Coordinator

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USA: South Carolina: Aiken County