Hospitality Tax Grant Application

What is Hospitality Tax (H-Tax)?

A 2% tax charged on the sales of prepared meals and beverages within the City of Spartanburg.

How can H-Tax revenues be spent?

In a county in which at least $900,000 of accommodations tax is collected annually, the revenues of the hospitality tax may be used for the operation and maintenance of tourism-related activities and services, including police, fire protection, emergency medical services, and emergency-preparedness operations directly attendant to those activities.

In order to support efforts of local non-profits to promote tourism and quality-of-life, City Council also may designate a portion of the revenue for competitive grant awards. Council will decide the amount of such portion annually prior to the application deadline.

City Council makes the final decision on allocation of funds, including any through the competitive grant process. A Hospitality Tax Advisory Committee makes a recommendation to City Council on grant funding.

How do I apply for an H-Tax grant?

The Hospitality Tax application form must be filled out completely. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Supplemental information may be attached to the application.

  • Projects and events must take place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. 

  • Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 30, 2018. 

  • Email applications to: Budget & Accounting Director James Kennedy, or return in person to Spartanburg City Hall, 145 W Broad St.

What is the H-Tax grant review process?

Once all applications for H-Tax grand funds are received and eligibility is verified, they will be forwarded to the Hospitality Tax Advisory Committee for review. Applicants will be required to deliver short presentation on their program to the committee. The committee will review and score each application based on the evaluation measures described below. The Committee will then submit its funding recommendations for review by City Council, which makes all funding decisions.

The committee will consider the following when evaluating requests:

• The degree to which the organization, program, project, or event is likely to draw visitors to the City of Spartanburg.

• The impact of the organization, program, project, or event has on the quality of life for City residents.

• The expected direct economic impact of the organization, program, project, or event.

• The impact of the event on the image and marketing of Spartanburg as a dynamic and appealing community.

• The prior success and managerial track record of sponsoring organization.

• The degree to which the organization, project, program, or event is supported by other community partners. Applications should reflect financial support from other local partners. H-tax grants cannot be the sole local fund source for any project, program, or event.

• The completeness of the application information (including reporting on prior year results for those who received funds in prior year).

If your organization, project, program, or event received an H-tax grant in the current year and your request is for an amount larger than that award amount, please explain specifically how the requested increase will result in increased positive community impact of the project, program, or event.

Timeline

• Applications due 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 30.

• Presentations Monday, April 16th and Tuesday, April 17 beginning at 5:15 at City Hall, 145 W Broad St.

• Committee meets to score, review, discuss Tuesday, April 24 at 5:15 at City Hall, 145 W Broad St.

• Recommendation presented to City Council on Monday May 14.

What are the eligibility requirements? 

• All applicants for the competitive grant process must have an IRS Not For Profit status or be a governmental agency.

• The organization must reside or the Event/Project must take place within the corporate limits of the City of Spartanburg.

• Grantee organizations may not re-grant City H-Tax funds to other organizations. All funds must be spent on direct expenditures by the organization that receives the allocation.