The City of Columbia offers Accommodations and Hospitality Tax grants to eligible organizations and or projects/events.  
To determine eligibility, available dates, and grant guidelines, refer to the links under each grant offered. 
 General Fund grants are offered when money is available.


CURRENT ANNOUNCEMENTS:  The City of Columbia is now accepting applications for General Fund Grants.  See details under "Community Promotions Grant" listed below.


THE ANNUAL APPLICATION PROCESS FOR HOSPITALITY AND ACCOMMODATIONS TAX GRANTS FOR THE 2019-2020 FISCAL YEAR WILL BEGIN JANUARY OF 2019.  

Dates to remember: 
2019/2020 Fiscal Year (Application Process)Available January 2019
2020 Fiscal Year July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020
Grant Application CycleJanuary through March 30
FY 2020 Application DueDate TBD (March 2019)
Committee Meeting/Applicant PresentationsApril/May (Dates TBD)
Council Approval & Award NotificationsFirst Quarter (June-August) 
Final Disbursement or Carry Forward Request DueMay 30 each Fiscal Year
 

 
Accommodations Tax Grants (Applications Available Jan 2019 / Due Date to be determined) provide financial support to non-profit organizations and their projects/events whose mission is to attract tourists by promoting overnight accommodations in the City of Columbia. To be eligible, your organization must be a nonprofit with documentation from the South Carolina Secretary of State’s Office, with activities in the City of Columbia. It is the intent of this committee to fund the Columbia Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau and Capital City Lake Murray for fiscal year 2018-2019.  Listed below is the link for the 2018-2019 Application for reference only.

Accommodations Tax Guidelines/Application: 2019 A-Tax App
  


Hospitality Tax Grants (Applications Available Jan 2019 /Due Date to be determined) provide financial support to non-profit organizations and their projects/events whose mission is to attract tourists by promoting dining in the City of Columbia.  To be eligible, your organization must be a nonprofit with documentation from the South Carolina Secretary of State’s Office, with activities in the City of Columbia.  Refer to the guidelines in the link below to see all eligibility requirements.  Listed below is the link for the 2018-2019 Application for reference only.

Hospitality Tax Guidelines: 2019 HTax Guidelines (for reference only)

H-Tax Application (An account must be created in ZoomGrants with your email and a password): H-Tax Application

 
Community Promotions Grant: The City of Columbia is now accepting applications for General Fund Grants.  This grant is generally for organizations that do not qualify for Hospitality nor Accommodations Tax funding and meet the following criteria:

             


-Projects/Events must be held within the City of Columbia city limits.

             -Only non-profit or charitable organizations are eligible to submit applications.

             -Applications are for projects/events that occur between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

             -Requests must come in the form of an application.  No letters or email requests will be considered.  Any organization that has submitted a                    letter or email to request funding will need to submit the appropriate application.


    Applications are due Friday, November 30th by 12:00 pm.  Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.  

Community Promotions Application: FY18-19 GF Application_2.doc
Upon availability, General Fund dollars, via this grant, provide financial support to non-profit or charitable organizations within the City of Columbia.  Applications for Community Promotions Grants will be available once funds (if any) are allocated after fiscal year end.  



Additional Links & Information:


Office Personnel:

Dee Dee Fanning, Grants Administrator/Community Projects Coordinator

(803)545-3048

[email protected]

Physical Address: 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Mailing Address: Post Office Box 147, Columbia, South Carolina 29217

Hours:Monday through Friday

8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.