County officials and employees may find the following resources helpful when searching for grant funding and low-interest loans. Any specific questions concerning these resources should be directed to the specific agency.
Opportunity Zone Grant Fund
The South Carolina Department of Commerce has established The Opportunity Zone Grant Fund under which South Carolina governmental entities (counties and/or municipalities) may request funding to offset the costs of obtaining an outside vendor to assist in the structuring of a competitive Opportunity Zone Prospectus. The program also allows the third party vendor to assist the governmental entity in determining the best project to pursue.
Should any South Carolina governmental entity have an interest in applying for funding assistance, they must complete the application in full and attach a copy of the proposal from the vendor that the entity would like to employ. It is the responsibility of the applicant to follow their individual procurement process.
More information about the Opportunity Zones may be found at http://scopportunityzone.com/.
For upcoming events regarding grant writing, grant applications, and grant management, please visit our Events of Interest page.
Grant Funds Availability Announced at Grant Workshop
The South Carolina Office of the Attorney General, Department of Crime Victim Assistance Grants, will be announcing the availability of Victims of Crime Act, Violence Against Women Act, and State Victims Assistance Program grant funds at an upcoming workshop. For more information, view the announcement on the Events of Interest page.
S.C. RIA Notice of Funding Available for 2019
The South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has announced the availability of $25 million in competitive grants for the program year that begins July 1, 2018. The RIA was created for the purpose of assisting qualified infrastructure projects that improve water, waste water and storm water drainage facilities to address public health and regulatory standards or build capacity to support economic and employment opportunities. This financial assistance is available to local governments and public utilities statewide. Funds are being made available through two program categories: Basic Infrastructure and Economic Infrastructure. The application due dates are September 10, 2018 and March 11, 2019.
For more information, visit www.ria.sc.gov.
NACo Grants Clearinghouse — free to any NACo member
National Trust for Historic Preservation
U.S. Department of Agriculture
General grants and loans
Office of National Drug Control Policy
Grantsmanship Center: South Carolina Funding Sources
S.C. Department of Archives and History — Historic Preservation
S.C. Department of Commerce — South Carolina Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control
Grant Funding for Local Governments
State Revolving Fund
S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
S.C. Emergency Management Division — South Carolina Recovery Grants
S.C. Grantmakers Network
S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority
S.C. State Library