Grant Resources

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. 

Upcoming Events

For upcoming events regarding grant writing, grant applications, and grant management, please visit our Events of Interest page.

S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority Presents Grant Application Workshop

South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority will present a grant application workshop at Midlands Technical College (NE campus) on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. For information, including how to register, visit the Events of Interest page.

New BUILD Program Replaces DOT's TIGER Grants
from NACo CountyNews

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced April 20 the release of a new transportation infrastructure grant program that will replace the current TIGER Grant program and will disburse $1.5 billion for surface transportation infrastructure projects with significant local or regional impacts, including funding for roads, bridges, transit, rail, or port support.

County governments may apply directly or jointly with other local or state entities, with an application deadline of July 19, 2018.

DOT will evaluate BUILD applications on the following criteria: safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, environmental protection, state of good repair, innovation, partnerships and additional non-federal revenue for infrastructure investments.

The non-federal revenue standard coincides with the administration’s plan to encourage local and state governments to put more local funding into projects. However, the BUILD grant program will contribute up to 80 percent of project costs for urban area projects and up to 100 percent for projects in rural communities.

There are noteworthy differences from the TIGER Grant program. The BUILD program strongly encourages local governments to develop — and in some cases requires — a proven non-federal revenue stream for infrastructure projects. Also, the program does not allow new bond issuing to count towards this revenue goal, unless the applicant raises — or commits to raising — new funds to repay the bond. Funding can come from state, local, and private sector investors, or other forms of cost sharing such as toll credits, sales and gas tax measures and asset recycling. Another key difference: the funds may be used by rural areas for broadband deployment.

For more information, see the complete NACo CountyNews article.

National

NACo Grants Clearinghouse — free to any NACo member

Foundation Center

Grants.gov

National Trust for Historic Preservation

State

Grantsmanship Center: South Carolina Funding Sources

S.C. Department of Archives and History — State Historic Preservation Office

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