Small SC areas can apply for grants to develop tourism

CHARLESTON, SC (AP) — Small communities in South Carolina now have the opportunity to participate in a program designed to help bring visitors to undiscovered parts of the state.

The Undiscover South Carolina grant program was created to grow tourism in smaller rural areas of the state, said Duane Parrish, director of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

The grant amount ranges from $50,000 to $200,000, WCSC-TV reported.

Parrish said many small towns in the state lack the funds to develop their own tourism industry. So this grant will hopefully generate tourism in these smaller and less developed areas, he said.

“Charleston can afford bluestone pavements, unlike Bamberg. That’s the best way for me to assume. These areas are expected to attract more tourists, attract more dollars, and create economic development in a community that otherwise might not have as much as other cities,” Parrish said.

Pre-applications will be accepted through the department’s online portal and must be submitted by September 30 at 4 p.m.

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