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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
  • 7/13/2015 at 3-5:00 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.
  • 8/20/2015 at 3 p.m. - Deadline for submissions of applications for the 2016 budget year are due at 116 Meeting Street.
  • 7/31/2015 - Interim reports are due from 2015 CAST grant recipients.
  • 11/19/15 at 3 p.m. - Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee Meeting will be held at 2 George Street, Public Meeting Room on the 1st Floor.
  • Grant awards for the 2016 budget year are finalized by City Council in late December.
  • Grant award notification letters are mailed in mid-January.
  • 2/26/2016 - Final reports are due from all 2015 grant recipients.

Related Documents

2016 A-Tax Grant Application Guidelines

2016 Accommodations Tax Grant Application

2016 Community Assistant Grant Application

2015 CASAT Interim-Final Report

Installing Google Analytics 

2016 CASAT Workshop Presentation 7-13-15
Budget, Finance and Revenue Collections

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Charleston, SC 29401

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