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.
FEMA’s BRIC Grant Program
The award selection process is underway for FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program. A total of $500 million of pre-disaster mitigation funding is available for the BRIC program, which includes $20 million set-aside for tribal applications.
The interest in this grant program exceeds the amount of funding available. FEMA received nearly $3.6 billion in applications for Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities grants. This interest demonstrates the true need for hazard mitigation in the United States.
In addition, the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities program has convened national review panels to conduct qualitative reviews of sub-applications that were submitted to a national competition. The virtual panels include more than 400 volunteers from states, local, tribal, territorial governments and other federal agencies. The panels are reviewing sub-applications from March 8 - April 2, 2021. Using established qualitative criteria, the panelists will review and score sub-applications based on the degree to which they meet the six BRIC qualitative evaluation criteria.
Summary: Building Resilient Infrastructure Communities Sub-Application Submissions
- A new high total of sub-applications received for the pre-disaster mitigation program: 980 sub-applications.
- For this grant cycle, $500 million is available, and FEMA received requests for $3.6 billion in applications, with total proposed project costs exceeding $5.49 billion.
- Tribes submitted 62 sub-applications requesting an estimated $20.2 million in funding.
FY21 Historic Preservation Fund Grant Applications Available
Applications and instructions for the FY 2021 federal Historic Preservation Fund subgrants are 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 29, 2021. Please contact Brad Sauls at 803-896-6172, or email@example.com to discuss your project before you apply.
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