Applications are currently being accepted for Aiken County Marketing Grants.

Ask questions about the Aiken County Marketing Grant

Open to applicants

Tuesday, June 24 3 p.m.

Aiken County Historical Museum

433 Newberry Street.

The grants are only open for nonprofit agencies that have a tourism-type event, function, property or attraction in Aiken County, according to Aiken County Tourism Program Coordinator Robbie Bellamy.

“The money can only be used strictly for advertising, and advertising must take place at least 50 miles outside of Aiken County,” Bellamy said. “Because that money is collected from the hotel taxes, the purpose is to put people back into those hotels — that’s why there’s the 50-mile radius. We want people to come here, spend the night and attend the event they’re having.”

The tourism events must take place in Aiken County from July 1 through June 30, 2015.

Bellamy requested the nonprofit agencies have 50 percent matching funds, although it’s not necessary to apply. Applicants must also show proof that they are in fact a nonprofit agency.

The maximum total the County can allocate between agencies is $10,000. Grants normally range anywhere from $500 to $2,000, or even up to $3,000.

“Sometimes only two organizations apply for these grants, so if that happens it gets split between the two,” Bellamy said.

Nonprofit agencies can turn in their applications to make sure they will qualify for the grant money by Friday, May 23. Agencies don’t have to participate in that deadline; however, the final deadline to turn in applications is by noon on Friday, June 6.

Applications can be mail to, or dropped off at, the Aiken County Tourism Office and Visitor Center, located at 114 Laurens St., Suite 103.

Guidelines and applications can be downloaded at

For more information call 803-642-7557 or email

Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard. An Atlanta native, she has a mass communications-journalism degree with the University of North Carolina Asheville. Follow her on Twitter @MaayanSchechter.