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.
For upcoming events regarding grant writing, grant applications, and grant management, please visit our Events of Interest page.
SCEMD Information on Grants
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) is pleased to inform you that the Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) for the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant programs are now available (also on Grants.gov). A total of $660 million is available nationwide between the two programs. For the BRIC program, $600,000 is allocated for each state, and additional funds are available for competitive applications. Eligible applicants for BRIC are county and local governments, Native American tribal governments, state agencies, and tribal agencies.
The BRIC application period opens on September 30, 2020. The deadline to submit BRIC applications to SCEMD in the FEMA GO system is December 18, 2020. Additional information regarding State application deadlines will be provided in the coming weeks.
The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program is replacing the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant program because amendments to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act in the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018. Key objectives of the BRIC program include: build local, state, and tribal capabilities and capacity to implement natural hazard mitigation; support innovation; promote partnerships and encourage high-impact investments to reduce natural hazard risk; minimize future losses and impacts on the Disaster Relief Fund; and support adoption and enforcement of building codes, standards, and policies that support community risk reduction. BRIC grants have a 75 percent/25 percent federal/non-federal cost share.
Applicants will use the new FEMA Grants Outcomes (FEMA GO) system to submit FY 2020 BRIC and FMA applications. Details regarding registering for an account and training on the FEMA GO system will be provided by FEMA soon.
South Carolina points of contact:
Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities
- Elizabeth Melton – email@example.com
- Jason Romlein – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Charlotte Foster – email@example.com
Flood Mitigation Assistance
- Jessica Artz – firstname.lastname@example.org
SC RIA Grants
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, 2020.
The RIA was created for the purpose of assisting qualified infrastructure projects that improve water, wastewater and stormwater 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. You can download the application from the SC RIA website beginning July 8, 2020. You may also request technical assistance to help you determine if you have an eligible project.
Applications for grant funds are due September 14, 2020 and March 15, 2021.
A Virtual Grant Workshop will be held next week July 8, 2020 @ 10 a.m. Visit https://ria.sc.gov/ for more information.
Hazard mitigation grant programs totaling $660 million are now open for application. The Flood Mitigation Assistance grant and the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant provides funding to states, tribes and local communities for eligible mitigation activities that will reduce future disaster losses and build a culture of preparedness. Applications can be submitted through FEMA GO through Jan. 29, 2021.
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 and application for the Opportunity Zone Grant Fund may be found at http://scopportunityzone.com/.
NACo Grants Clearinghouse — free to any NACo member
U.S. Department of Agriculture
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
S.C. Emergency Management Division — South Carolina Recovery Grants