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:
City of Abbeville
East Side Neighborhood Demolition
City of Beaufort
Calhoun Streetscape Improvements
City of Bennettsville
Downtown Streetscape Improvements
Town of Cheraw
Cash Fire Department Truck
City of Clinton
Main Station Fire Truck
City of Darlington
Byrdtown Station #12 Fire Truck
Station #1 Fire Truck
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
City of Camden
Church Street Neighborhood Revitalization
Stuart Point Pathway
Town of Brunson
Town of Greeleyville
Town of Olanta
“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:
For additional information on South Carolina's CDBG program, including the Fall 2021 grant recipients, application guidelines and frequently asked questions, please visit www.cdbgsc.com.