Grants awarded to improve 23 South Carolina communities

December 03, 2021

For Immediate Release
December 2, 2021

Grants awarded to improve 23 South Carolina communities
S.C. Department of Commerce awards more than $10.7 million in Community Development Block Grant funds

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Over $10.7 million in community development grants has been awarded to 23 South Carolina communities around the state for public improvement projects. This funding comes from the South Carolina Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, which biannually awards grants to aid municipal governments for the purpose of improving economic opportunities and meeting community revitalization needs. The S.C. Department of Commerce is awarding the CDBG funds, representing 89,107 residents and totaling $10,798,660.

Awarded projects in this round of grant recipients fall within one of three categories: 

Community Enrichment - Designed to fund public facilities, services and other activities that strengthen existing communities and support a high quality of life within the state priority areas of increasing economic competitiveness; education and workforce development; and safe and healthy communities.

Neighborhood Revitalization - Designed to assist in the development of sustainable communities through revitalization of in-town residential neighborhoods.

Special Projects - Designed to meet community development needs that are not typically funded through the other Community Development programs or one of the other HUD partner programs, which could include historic preservation, innovation, energy conservation, parks and trails/greenways.

Projects receiving Fall 2021 CDBG funding include:


Community Enrichment


City of Abbeville

East Side Neighborhood Demolition


City of Beaufort

Calhoun Streetscape Improvements


City of Bennettsville

Downtown Streetscape Improvements


Town of Cheraw

Fire Truck


Chesterfield County

Cash Fire Department Truck


City of Clinton

Main Station Fire Truck


City of Darlington

Streetscape Improvements


Darlington County

Byrdtown Station #12 Fire Truck


Dillon County

Station #1 Fire Truck


Florence County

Olanta Main Station Fire Truck


Town of Jonesville

Main Street Streetscape Improvements


Town of Kingstree

Main Street Streetscape Improvements


City of Lake City

Southwestern Area Demolition


City of Marion

Station #10 Fire Truck


City of Mullins

Station #30 Fire Truck


Town of Pinewood



Town of Ridgeland

Regional Facilities Assessment


Town of Saluda

N. Main/W. Church Streetscape Improvements


Neighborhood Revitalization


City of Camden

Church Street Neighborhood Revitalization


Special Projects


Beaufort County

Stuart Point Pathway


Town of Brunson

Park Improvements


Town of Greeleyville



Town of Olanta

Downtown Park


“The CDBG program is an impactful way of prioritizing our state’s communities that otherwise may have limited access to funding major revitalization projects,” said Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III. “Such projects help keep communities of all sizes growing and moving forward, ensuring all our residents experience the high quality of life that is hallmark of South Carolina.”

S.C. Commerce awards CDBG funds in the fall and the spring of each year. Selected through a statewide competitive process, local governments receiving CDBG funds are required to provide at least a 10% match in funding to complete the projects. Grant funds are allocated on an annual basis to South Carolina from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and S.C. Commerce administers the CDBG program on the state's behalf. CDBG assists communities in providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities.

All grants awarded through the CDBG program must meet at least one of three objectives:

  •  Benefit low- to moderate-income persons.
  • Aid in the prevention or elimination of slum and blighted conditions.
  • Meet other urgent community needs where existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to public health and welfare and where other financial resources are not readily available to meet such needs.

For additional information on South Carolina's CDBG program, including the Fall 2021 grant recipients, application guidelines and frequently asked questions, please visit


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