Tax grants benefit local organizations

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Twenty-nine local organizations will split $4.3 million in accommodations tax money collected from tourists to Hilton Head Island. State law requires 30 percent of all accommodates tax revenue to go to the town’s destination marketing organization, the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. The chamber will receive $535,000 in accommodations tax grant money.

Other recipients include the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, which received $250,000; the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, which received $400,000; the Coastal Discovery Museum, which was granted $285,000; the Mitchelville Preservation Project, which got $172,500; and the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival, which received $250,000.

Accommodations tax money is generated from hotel room rentals on Hilton Head. Local organizations can apply for the grants if they can prove they serve tourists.