Destination-Specific Tourism Marketing Grant
The funding for this program is governed by Proviso 49.2 in the Appropriations Act for Budget Year 2016-2017. The funds will not be available for disbursement until after July 1, 2016. See link below for the grant application. Grant applications will be accepted by the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism for the first review cycle beginning July 20, 2016 until close-of-business on August 1, 2016. Organizations submitting grant applications for the first review cycle will be notified of the results of their application no later than August 15, 2016.
Following the first grant cycle, subsequent grant applications will be accepted by the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism on the 1st day of each quarter beginning in December 2016. Grants submitted will be evaluated and notification will be made to the requesting organization by the 15th of the following month.
The Destination Specific Reporting spreadsheet must be used for reporting the required financial information on November 1st as required by the enabling proviso. This spreadsheet will supplement other reporting requirements outlined in the proviso. Destination Marketing Organizations are encouraged to provide samples of materials and research-based information, such as occupancy rates, REV PAR, tax information etc., to support the program and demonstrate by proven research statistics how the program provides significant return to the State of South Carolina.