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.
The South Carolina Infrastructure Investment Program (SCIIP) is a major one-time initiative to improve water, wastewater and stormwater systems throughout the state using federal funds allocated by the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). SCIIP offers a unique opportunity to make long-term capital improvements that will strengthen critical services to residents and businesses across the state, create more resilient communities and build the capacity to support future opportunities for growth and economic development. SCIIP Grant Application Deadline is September 12, 2022.
DOT releases the FY22 Notice of Funding Opportunity for Safe Streets and Roads for All grants, live on Grants.gov.
The deadline for applications is September 15, 2022.
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.
NTIA releases Notice of Funding Opportunity for Middle Mile Broadband grant program
Applications are due September 30, 2022. More information available online.
SC Infrastructure Investment Program (An ARPA Funded Grant Program)
The South Carolina Infrastructure Investment Program (SCIIP) is a major one-time initiative to improve water, wastewater and stormwater systems throughout the state using $900M in federal funds allocated by the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). SCIIP offers a unique opportunity to make long-term capital improvements that will strengthen critical services to residents and businesses across the state, create more resilient communities and build the capacity to support future opportunities for growth and economic development.
There will be three programs of assistance designed to help large and small systems as well as to incentivize regional solutions and planning.
The application deadline for SCIIP/ARPA grants is Monday, September 12, 2022.
American Revolution 250th Anniversary - Grants are Coming!
SC250 has launched 7 grant programs (over $1 million this fiscal year) with funding for everything from museum-style displays to new battlefield pulls 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.
Visit SouthCarolina250.com for more information.
SC Humanities Major Grants
Major Grants ($2,000 - $10,000) support public programs designed to be accessible by a broad audience, to serve citizens in urban, rural, and small-town settings, and to make possible humanities programs that illuminate and enrich the lives of both audiences and scholars. Drafts are strongly encouraged and will be accepted any time prior to the deadline. For more information visit http://schumanities.org/grants/howtoapply or contact email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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