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Community Assistance & Accommodations Tax Grants
The City of Charleston provides grant funding annually to community organizations through two programs:
  • Community Assistance (CA) Grants
  • Accommodations Tax (A-Tax) Grants

Applications are accepted during the summer each year for the upcoming fiscal year beginning on January 1.

Please note: The application forms have changed. Please read carefully.

Community Assistance Grants
Community Assistance Grants are to assist organizations that serve a "public purpose" to the Charleston Community. "Public Purpose" is defined as having for its objective the "promotion of the public health, safety, morals, general welfare, security, prosperity, and contentment of all the inhabitants or residents, or at least a substantial part thereof."

Non-profit organizations that offer services in the areas of community development, the environment, public safety, education, health care, and human needs may apply.

Accommodations Tax Grants
Accommodations Tax Grant funds are designated specifically for tourism related activities, as required by South Carolina law. Data to support tourism impact is required.

Non-profit organizations that support and increase tourism through the promotion of the arts and cultural events and/or through the operation of facilities for artistic and cultural activities are eligible to apply for assistance.

Key Dates
  • 7/22/2014 at 3-4:30 p.m. - Pre-Application workshop at the Charleston County Main Library at 68 Calhoun Street. Attendance is not required, but for all groups intending to request a grant it is highly recommended. The application forms have changed and will be discussed at this workshop.
  • 8/21/2014 at 3 p.m. - Deadline for submissions of applications for the 2015 budget year are due at 116 Meeting Street.
  • 9/5/2014 - Interim reports are due from 2014 CAST grant recipients.
  • 11/18/2014 at 3 p.m. - Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee Meeting will be held at the Charleston County Library located at 68 Calhoun Street
  • Grant awards for the 2015 budget year are finalized by City Council in late December.
  • Grant award notification letters are mailed in mid-January.
  • 2/27/2015 - Final reports are due from all 2014 grant recipients.

Related Documents

Accommodations Tax Grant Application

Community Assistance Grant Application

2015 Atax Grants Application - Guidelines

2015 CASAT Workshop Presentation

Installing Google Analytics 

2014 Community Assistance and Accommodations Tax Interim Final Report

Budget, Finance and Revenue Collections

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