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

Community Assistance Grants

Notice:  There will not be a Community Assistance Grant application process for fiscal year 2022 due to COVID-19 impacts on the City of Charleston's revenue.

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

Notice: The 2022 Accommodations Tax Grant application process will open on January 10, 2022.  Applications are due February 3, 2022.  

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

  • February 3, 2022 by 3:00 PM – 2022 Accommodations Tax Grant Applications Due.
  • April 14, 2022 at 3:00 PM – State Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee Meeting. Conference call # 1-301-715-8592, Access Code 824 5507 8363. Please check Clerk of Council Meeting Notices for any updates.
  • April 26, 2022 at 4:30 PM – FY 2022 Amended State Accommodations Tax awards presented to City Council Committee on Ways and Means .  If you would like to speak, please contact the Clerk’s Office for more details on the Citizens Participation Period for City Council meeting which begins at 5:00 PM.
  • July 2022 – 2023 Accommodations Tax Grant Application Process Begins – Further details will be announced in June.  
  • Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee Meeting - Fall 2022.

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