Grants

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. 

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

 


FY23 Federal Historic Preservation Fund Grant Applications Now Available

Applications and instructions for the FY 2023 federal Historic Preservation Fund subgrants are now available at https://scdah.sc.gov/historic-preservation/programs/grants. Administered by the SHPO, these matching grants can assist two types of projects:

  • Survey and Planning Projects—eligible projects include surveys of historic properties, National Register nominations, preservation education, and preservation planning.
  • Stabilization Projects—eligible projects include stabilizing historic buildings or protecting historic buildings from the adverse effects of the weather. Stabilization Projects are limited to projects located in South Carolina’s Certified Local Government (CLG) communities.

Any local government, non-profit, or institution in South Carolina may apply for a Survey and Planning Project. Local governments, non-profits and institutions located in a CLG community may also apply for a Stabilization Project. At least ten percent of the state’s annual allocation from the National Park Service must be awarded to CLGs. Grant awards generally range from $2,500 to $35,000. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM, on Thursday, April 27, 2023. Please contact Brad Sauls at 803-896-6172, or bsauls@scdah.sc.gov to discuss your project before you apply.

Notice of Recycling Grant Funding Opportunity for Local Governments

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting applications for a wide variety of projects that are designed to build and transform solid waste infrastructure in the United States to equitably reduce waste and manage materials to achieve a circular economy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create cleaner, resilient, and healthier communities.

Under the Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling (SWIFR) Grant Program for Political Subdivisions of States and Territories, the total estimated funding for this currently available competitive opportunity is approximately $40,000,000. The EPA anticipates awarding approximately 25 assistance agreements under this funding opportunity. The deadline for SWIFR grant applications is February 15, 2023.

Eligible activities include:

  • Innovative solutions and/or programs that provide or increase access to prevention, reuse, and recycling in areas that currently do not have access; including development of and/or upgrades to drop-off and transfer stations (including but not limited to a hub-and-spoke model in rural communities), etc.
  • The purchase of recycling equipment, including but not limited to sorting equipment, waste metering, trucks, processing facilities, etc.
  • Upgrades to material recovery facilities (MRFs) such as optical sorters, artificial intelligence, etc.
  • Development of and/or upgrades to composting facilities or anaerobic digesters to increase capacity for organics recycling.
  • Development of and/or upgrades to curbside collection programs or drop-off stations for organics.
  • Development of and/or upgrades to reuse infrastructure such as online reuse platforms, community repair spaces, technology and equipment to improve materials management reuse options, food donation, and upcycling, staging areas for material reuse/donation, reuse warehouses, and reuse centers, and electronic waste and computer recycling and refurbishing.

For more information, please visit the EPA website.

The grant application is accessible online.

 

American Revolution 250th Anniversary Grants

SC250 has launched 7 grant programs (over $1 million this fiscal year) with funding for everything from museum-style displays to new battlefield pull-offs.

Each County 250 Committee will be eligible for a $3,000 non-competitive grant to start planning events and reviewing the county's American Revolution tourism infrastructure. Email SC250 For information about how to start a county's 250 group,  look for a formal Speaker's Bureau coming soon.

Quarterly Deadlines:
All quarterly deadlines are not postmarked dates as all applications must be submitted in the Discover SC Web Grants program. All times are Eastern. All dates are subject to change and available funding.

Q1: 9/16/22 at 3:00 PM
Q2: 11/9/22 at 3:00 PM
Q3: 2/9/23 at 3:00 PM
Q4: 5/9/23 at 3:00 PM

Visit SouthCarolina250.com for more information.

White House releases guidebook on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act/Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

The guidebook provides details on what’s available, who to contact, and how to get ready to rebuild. This resource is updated regularly and can be found online at Build.gov.

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

FEMA announced a significant investment in climate resiliency by authorizing $3.46 billion for the 59 major disaster declarations issued due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

With the growing climate change crisis facing the nation, FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program will provide funding for states, tribes and territories to maximize their investment in mitigation measures that result in safer and more resilient communities. This new funding will allow communities across the nation to further develop capacity and take mitigation actions that will foster greater resilience and reduce disaster suffering.

Across the country, Americans have witnessed the enormous and devastating effects of hurricanes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes and other events. The increasing duration, intensity and severity of such disasters, which are exacerbated by changes in population, land use and weather patterns, are alarming and highlight one of the most important emergency management challenges facing the United States. The impacts of natural hazards on communities, families, individuals and our economy make it imperative to invest in creating infrastructure and communities more resilient to natural hazards.

FEAM encourages state, local, tribal and territorial governments with significant vulnerabilities that lack the resources to invest in mitigation to leverage the funds being authorized through Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

For more information, visit FEMA.gov.

The USDA - Rural Development

Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area. Learn more & apply on the USDA - Rural Development website.

BRIC Grants for FY 2021 and SCEMD Briefings

CDBG-Mitigation Match Funding Opportunity

The South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office is expanding the opportunity for assistance through the CDBG-Mitigation Funds Match Program.

Given the nature of other grant programs’ funding opportunity cycles, SCDRO has established a rolling application window for the CDBG-Mitigation Funds Match Program. SCDRO will accept CDBG-Mitigation Funds Match applications year-round, until all Match funds are obligated.

Eligible counties and their respective local governments include: Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Sumter, and Williamsburg.

A copy of the application is attached for your convenience.

The SCDRO anticipates the next application period for CDBG-Mitigation Buyout, Infrastructure, and Plans & Studies to begin June 2021.

Please email DROMitigation@admin.sc.gov if you have any questions.

National

NACo Grants Clearinghouse — free to any NACo member

Foundation Center

Grants.gov

National Trust for Historic Preservation

U.S. Department of Agriculture

General grants and loans

Office of National Drug Control Policy

State

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