Applications were made available August 8 and the deadline for submittal was September 23. Applicants were required to make personal presentations of their requests to the committee on September 30. For the current year, Fiscal Year 2017, the City of Beaufort allocated $282,867.38 in accommodations taxes for distribution.
Committee members reviewed each application, considered how the request fit into overall mission to promote tourism within the state's tax guidelines, and then heard in-person presentations from each group seeking funds.
One of the committee's priorities was stretching each grant dollar as far as possible. For instance, marketing materials and promotions that included an Internet component (website, Facebook, other social media, etc.) earned more attention that print-only projects. Projects that demonstrated partnerships with other organizations also earned attention.