2018-2019 State Accommodations Tax Funding Program
The City of North Augusta is currently accepting applicants for grant funding to support community related tourism expenditures. The projects must draw tourists to the City and MUST be held between June 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. A Letter of Intent is required for funding consideration. Once a Letter of Intent is received, the applicant will be emailed an application. Letters of Intent are due February 10, 2020 by 5 p.m. More information is provided below:
What is the State Accommodations Tax Funding Program?
The South Carolina Department of Revenue declares that if a municipality collects over $50,000 in Accommodations tax, each municipality will be required to allocate and spend all Accommodations Tax fund that they collect in the manner required by the statute.
This funding program will allocate 65% of the funds from the collected Accommodations Tax.
To see how the other 35% is spent please refer to the Handbook linked below.
Who Can Apply for the Funds?
To qualify for funding, project applicants must provide proof of their non-profit status and fall into
one of the following categories:
1. Any governmental agency, board commission or political subdivision other than those
specifically designated as a state agency. OR
2. Not-for-profit organizations as registered with the Secretary of State of South Carolina.
Your “CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION/EXISTENCE” must accompany your
What is the Tourism-Related Expenditures Criteria?
- advertising and promotion of tourism so as to develop and increase tourist attendance through the generation of publicity;
- promotion of the arts and cultural events;
- 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;
- 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;
- public facilities such as restrooms, dressing rooms, parks, and parking lots;
- tourist shuttle transportation;
- control and repair of waterfront erosion;
- ·operating visitor information centers.
The applicant will be emailed an application after the Letter of Intent is received. Once all applications have been received, all applicants will be required to attend a question and answer session in late February/ early March with the tax funding program committee. After this session, the committee will make the recommendations to city council. Once city council approves the recommendations, the applicant will be contacted with the final decisions.