Fifteen communities across South Carolina are slated to benefit from public improvement projects supported by more than $6.4 million in funds from the latest round of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. The S.C. Department of Commerce is awarding CDBG funds to these communities, representing 40,916 residents, for the following projects:
- Anderson County - South Anderson Neighborhood Demolition $239,150
- Beaufort County - Detour Road Sidewalk Extension $200,000
- City of Beaufort - Spanish Moss Trail Extension $200,000
- City of Bennettsville - West Bennettsville Neighborhood Demolition $500,000
- Town of Cheraw - Agerton Neighborhood Revitalization - Phase I $500,000
- Town of Cowpens - South Main Streetscape Improvements $521,000
- Darlington County - South Darlington Substation Fire Truck $451,000
- City of Denmark - Fire Truck $366,300
- Florence County - Timmonsville Fire Truck $500,000
- City of Georgetown - West End Neighborhood Demolition $375,000
- Hampton County - Ambulance Purchase $200,000
- Town of Jonesville - Wellington Mill Brownfield Clearance $500,000
- Town of McCormick - North Main/Augusta Streetscape Improvements $750,000
- Town of Pamplico - Fire Truck $500,000
- Town of Port Royal - Paris Avenue Streetscape Improvements $644,490
"Economic development is a team effort - and Team South Carolina works diligently to ensure that every county within our borders has an opportunity to progress. The CDBG program is a critical tool in the overall development and growth within our state," said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. "We're proud to say that these grants will not only attract more investment to our state, but will also benefit the everyday lives of the people who live in these communities."
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 application guidelines and frequently asked questions, please visit www.cdbgsc.com.