The City is currently accepting applications for Local Tourism Grants. The purpose of this program is to promote tourism and conventions within the City of Columbia or otherwise attract nonresident overnight visitors to the City by providing funding assistance to events that bring people to our community. Therefore, projects that encourage overnight stays are preferred in accordance with State Statutes. The funding for this program is generated from a local tax applied to overnight stays at hotels in the City of Columbia.
If awarded, funding will cover expenses in Fiscal Year 2020/2021, which runs from May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021. Expenses can occur only during this time period.
Deadline for non-profit organizations to apply is by 5:00 p.m. on May 1, 2020 (first round) and by 5:00 p.m. on September 1, 2020 (second round) - no exceptions.
Hotels and venues may submit applications on a rolling basis.
Please refer to the Tourism Grant Funding Program Application Packet for complete details.