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

  • June 11, 2019 at 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Pre-Application workshop at 2 George Street, 1st Floor Public Meeting Room. 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. 
  • July 25, 2019 at 3:00 PM - Deadline for submissions of applications for the 2020 budget year are due at 75 Calhoun Street, Suite 3500. 
  • July 31, 2019 - Interim reports are due from all 2019 CASAT grant recipients. 
  • October 28, 2019 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee Meeting held at 2 George - Public Meeting Room (#1403)
  • Grant awards for the 2020 budget year are finalized by City Council in late December. 
  • Grant award notification letters are mailed in late February. 
  • February 21, 2020 - Final reports are due from all 2019 CASAT grant recipients.

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