Certain tourism-related expenditures must be awarded on a “percentage of tourism” basis.
Applicants must be able to substantiate how much of the total expenditure is related to tourism,
and must be able to provide the “percentage of tourism” to the total budget of the project.
Categories of Qualifying Expenditures (as applied to West Columbia):
Under the Code, in order to qualify for a tourism-related expenditure, the expenditure must (1)
be used to attract or provide for tourists, and (2) can not be used for an item that would
normally need to be provided for by the municipality. There are five (5) categories of tourism-
related expenditures applicable for the City of West Columbia:
• Advertising & Promotion of Tourism – Under Code Section 6-4-10 (4)(b)(1), monies in
the Tourism-related Fund can be used for advertising and the promotion of tourism to
increase tourism in the municipality. Qualifying expenditures would include monies
spent on magazine, newspaper, web, radio or television advertising in an attempt to
promote the municipality to tourists. Qualifying expenditures also include monies spent
to promote the municipality to entities that specialize in tourism, such as bus tour
companies and travel agencies.
• Arts & Cultural Events – Under Code Section 6-4-10 (4)(b)(2), monies in the Tourism-
related Fund can be used for the promotion of the arts and cultural events. Expenditures
that can qualify include monies used for advertising or the promotion of a particular
festival or arts/cultural event held in or near the municipality in an effort to attract tourists
who will stay in hotels/motels, etc. within the city.
• Facilities for Civic and Cultural Events – Under Code Section 6-4-10 (4)(b)(3), monies
in the Tourism-related Fund can be used for the construction, maintenance and operation
of facilities for cultural and civic activities, including construction and maintenance of
access and other nearby roads and utilities for the facilities. Eligible expenditures can
include the costs incurred in building a civic center, a museum or a coliseum. Funds may
also be used for the continued operation of such facility including repairs, and
management fees or salaries of those who work at the facility. Please note that the
facility must enhance the ability of the municipality to attract and provide for
tourists and can not provide a purely local function or benefit.
• Tourist Transportation – Under Code Section 6-4-10 (4)(b)(6), monies in the Tourism-
related Fund may be used for tourist shuttle transportation. Qualifying expenditures
include any monies spent to provide public transportation to tourist, such as shuttle buses
or trolleys. For example, shuttles to transport persons from the airport to hotels, or from
the hotels to tourist attractions, or from conventions or tourist attractions to other tourist
facilities would qualify.
• Visitors Centers – Under Code Section 6-4-10 (4)(b)(8), monies in the Tourism-related
Fund may be used for operating visitor centers. Expenditures that will qualify are any
monies spent to operate and maintain centers whose primary purpose is to provide
information, brochures, and other services to tourists.
Who is eligible to apply?
Eligible applicants include public and private non-profit organizations. No grant can be made to
a private for-profit organization to be expended by the organization for its own event. Also, grants