The SC American Revolution Sestercentennial Commission (SC250) is proud to provide a small organizing grant to each official County 250 Committee. But, we know that additional funding will be needed to plan events and showcase each county's American Revolution assets. Below are some funding tips and fiscal reminders for your County 250 Committee.
Decide on a Fiscal Agent
This could be your city/county government, local PRT department, local museum, non-profit, Chamber of Commerce, or city/county government with a restrictive account for the committee. You will know best how to structure this in your community. Remember for many of the SC250 Grants county governments may designate grant funds to another entity like a non-profit as long as the top elected official and county administrator signs the grant agreement.
- Roles of the Fiscal Agent:
- Manage all County 250 funds.
- Provide Fiscal Agent Documents for all SC250 grants including:
- Contact Information
- The adopted budget for the current year
- Most recent operating financial statement
- If the Fiscal Agent has just been established, some documentation to that fact
- If the applicant or fiscal agent is a Non-Profit, we also need the following documentation:
- IRS 501c3 letter
- Secretary of State Registration letter
- List of Board members
- Mission of Non-profit
- Oversee that when state funds are used in a purchase or contract that state procurement rules are followed. https://procurement.sc.gov/
- Agrees to an audit of funds if deemed necessary.
Apply for a County 250 Organizing Grant
These $3,000 grants are non-competitive and only require submission of the completed application by the official County 250 Committee. For the details on all SC250 Grants visit: https://www.southcarolina250.com/sc250grants/
- Register for the Discover SC Web Grants Program. https://www.scprtgrants.com/index.do All SC250 grants must be applied for through this online application program. Even if you are not ready to apply, you are encouraged to register as you must be approved by an admin before starting an application. Click Here for a step by step on how to register.
- Grant Requirements:
- Be the “officially recognized” County 250 Committee for your county – Yeah! You completed that by registering in Step 4.
- Be about the business of celebrating the American Revolution in your County.
- Decide on a Project from the Approved List:
- Strategic Planning for your Committee’s Education, Commemoration, and/or Tourism Activities
- Survey of American Revolution Era People, Places, & Stories
- Historic Research and/or Archeology of an American Revolution Era Site in Your County
- Historic Research to help rediscover the often lost voices of African Americans, Native Americans, Women, and Children
- Designing a Revolutionary Era Trail/Tour in your County (or with Surrounding Counties)
- Memorialize your hero/heroines’ American Revolution actions with statues, markers, art, etc.
- Mark your 18th-century roads, trails, forts, muster grounds, churches, buildings, and other points of interest.
- Other – If you choose Other, please describe your proposed project.
- Grant Award Date: Grants will be issued upon receipt of approved documentation.
- Match or Cost Share Required: No
- Reimbursement Required: No. The grant award is upfront but requires a detailed Deliverables report. Money will be disbursed once the paperwork is completed and approved by SC250 staff.
- A final report with clear deliverables and timeline will be required. One of those deliverables, however, could be a report from a consultant who helped with the strategic planning for your group.
Apply for Other Grants
More SC250 Grants to Come
Keep a watch on the monthly e-newsletter from SC250 and visit to keep up with new grants being officially launched from SC250.
Look for Grants Outside of SC250
The South Carolina State Library's Grants Research Assistance https://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/grants-research-assistance includes general grants and funding information as well as the SC Foundation Directory
Other Funding Sources
It is always great to have buy-in from multiple sources when taking on a big event or site development. This looks great on grants!
- Make a direct request from County Council or City Councils.
- Best Practices:
- Be specific about how the funds would be used.
- Work with a champion on the council who knows how to explain the requests to all council members.
- Pick a project that has an impact beyond the 250 anniversary such as adding a new historic tourism site or creating an American Revolution tour that can be used for years to come. Some Bicentennial tours are still in use today!
- Find out when your City and/or County A-Tax Committee accepts requests for tourism funding. A portion of the sales tax collected from hotels and other temporary accommodations is required by law to go towards tourism and most counties/cities have a committee to decide on the distribution of the funds.
- Business Sponsorships
- Best Practices:
- Emphasize how improving historic tourism infrastructure is economic development.
- Ask them to sponsor specific events and give them sponsor visibility on your website, program materials, banners.
- Best Practices:
- Make sure to thank all donors no matter the size of the donation.
Fiscal Best Practices
- Final Reports & Status Updates on Grants – a reminder that all grants even County 250 Organizing Grants must have a clearly defined deliverable. Call SC250 with questions before applying. All grants will require a status update before June 13 each year and/or a final report at the end of the project.
- Matching Funds – While the County 250 Organizing Grants do not require a match, it is always great to show collaboration and buy-in from multiple entities on your grant application. Other grants coming soon will require matching funds.
- State Procurement – as a grant recipient County 250 Committees will be required to follow State Procurement regulations when state funds are involved with a purchase. For more visit https://procurement.sc.gov/ Below are some state procurement paperwork basics:
- Zero to $10,000.00
- Invoice (must show correct amount charged and payee)
- Proof of Payment
- $10,000.01 to $25,000.00
- Three (3) Written Quotes
- Proof of Payment
- $25,000.01 & Up
- SC Business Opportunity Ad or Copy of Public Advertisement (i.e., Local Newspaper Ad)
- Bid Specifications (relevant pages only, doesn’t have to be the entire package unless specifically requested)
- Register as a "State Vendor" to be eligible to receive any grant funds. Visit https://procurement.sc.gov/ and check out the Doing Business with Us section.
- Register with the State Treasurer's Office for ACH Direct Deposit. This greatly speeds up any grant distribution. Visit https://treasurer.sc.gov/what-we-do/for-businesses/electronic-payment-information/.