STATE ACCOMMODATIONS TAX GRANTS:
Grants from Georgetown County´s collection of state accommodations tax ("A-Tax") Funds are available for award twice each year. State accommodations taxes are collected by the state directly from accommodations providers in the county. The state then issues quarterly payments to the county from these collections.
The Georgetown County Council appoints members of its Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee who represent the tourism industry in the county. This committee reviews A-Tax grant applications and presents its grant award recommendations to County Council, and County Council issues the grant awards.
The Georgetown County Finance Department administers the A-Tax award program in accordance with grant program guidelines established by the Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee and County Council. The following A-Tax forms and documents may help provide an overview of the accommodations tax grants program and how it is administered by the County.
Important note for 2017 A-Tax Grant Applicants
Beginning this fall, Georgetown County will make a major change to the way state accommodations tax grants are awarded. The County will move from a twice-yearly funding cycle to issuing grants annually.
As a result, the spring 2017 funding cycle will the final spring cycle. Any applicants who normally seek funding annually during the spring are asked to alter their usual request this year by seeking six months’ worth of funding in the spring 2017 cycle and then transition to making annual requests in the fall. Applicants who have previously sought funding during both cycles should plan to apply for 12 months’ worth of funding this fall to begin the transition to annual funding
Going forward, accommodations tax grants will only be awarded in December each year and applicants will have up to eighteen months to spend award amounts.
Anyone with questions about this change is asked to contact Glenda Long in the Finance Department or (843) 545-3251.
***Georgetown County has initiated an email notification list for anyone that would like to be notified of application availability and deadlines, meeting schedules, and changes in program guidelines, when applicable. If you would like to be added to the notification list, please contact Glenda Long or at 843-545-3251.