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.
Hurricane Irma Grants for Historic Properties
Applications for grant funding to repair damage to historic properties (listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places) caused by Hurricane Irma in September 2017 are now being accepted by the SC Department of Archives & History. South Carolina was awarded $1.9 million in federal grant funds from the National Park Service’s Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria Emergency Supplemental Grant from the Historic Preservation Fund (HIM ESHPF, CFDA No. 15.957) to assist with repairs. The application deadline is November 7, 2019. The application and more information is available at https://scdah.sc.gov/historic-preservation/programs/hurricane-grants.
National Trust Preservation Grants
These grants encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects. Grants generally start at $2,500 and range up to $5,000. The selection process is very competitive. Members of the National Trust at the Forum or Main Street levels are eligible to apply for funding from the National Trust Preservation Fund. The application deadline is February 3, 2020. To learn more about the grant program and how to apply go to http://forum.savingplaces.org/build/find-funding/grant-seekers/preservation-funds.
FEMA Intergovernmental Advisory: Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program Grants for Fiscal Year 2019
August 27, 2019
FEMA is announcing $410 million in funding is available through two Fiscal Year 2019 Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs: Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM). These competitive grant programs assist state, tribal, territorial, and local governments in building a culture of preparedness by strengthening our nation’s ability to reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages.
Beginning on August 26, 2019 potential state, tribal and territory applicants can review the Fiscal Year 19 FMA and PDM Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for details such as eligibility, funding guidelines and evaluation criteria.
The application period will open Sept. 30, 2019. Eligible applicants must apply for funding through the Mitigation eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal accessible at https://www.fema.gov/application-submittal. All applications must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Jan. 31, 2020. Each program’s NOFO is available online at https://www.grants.gov/ and FEMA.gov.
FEMA is offering, and strongly encourages applicants to participate in, a series of informational webinars for interested applicants to provide an overview of the grant programs and details about the agency’s funding priorities and review process. The first information webinar is scheduled for Wed., Sept. 4 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.
Additional webinars are also scheduled about the eGrants program for subapplicants and new users. In October, FEMA is also hosting two webinars on “Avoiding Application Pitfalls.” For a complete list of dates and times, visit https://www.fema.gov/2019-nofo-webinar-schedule-hazard-mitigation-assistance-grants. The eGrants system only allows complete applications to be submitted.
Background: Flood Mitigation Assistance
The National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 establishes the goal of reducing or eliminating claims under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through long-term mitigation actions. For the FMA program, the agency’s predetermined funding priorities include flood mitigation planning and efforts for repetitive as well as severe repetitive loss properties. In this application cycle, $160 million is available in FMA grant funds. There is a set-aside of $70 million for community advance assistance and flood mitigation projects. View the NOFO at:
As authorized under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, the PDM Program is designed to implement a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program with the goal of reducing overall risk to the population and structures from future hazard events. FEMA selects eligible planning and project sub-applications for the PDM program which fulfill statutory requirements and competitive mitigation activities that limit duplication of other HMA grant programs as provided in the agency’s predetermined priorities for funding. For FY19, FEMA has set-aside $20 million of the $250 million in PDM funding for federally-recognized tribes.
As required in the Stafford Act, FEMA will provide the remainder of grant funding allocations to states and territories. These funds will be awarded on a competitive basis. FEMA’s highest priority for competitive sub-applications is multi-state/tribal mitigation initiatives. In addition, FEMA’s funding priorities are intended to avoid duplication of programs by providing pre-disaster funding to areas without post-disaster funding available through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP); and funding mitigation activities that cannot be funded by the FMA grant program. View the NOFO at:
Additional Resources attached and online:
FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance Fact Sheet: https://go.usa.gov/xVjBz
SC RIA Notice of Funding Availability for FY20
The South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) is pleased to announce the availability of $25 million in competitive grants for the program year that begins July 1, 2019.
The RIA was created for the purpose of assisting qualified infrastructure projects that improve water, waste water and storm water 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.
The application due dates are: September 9, 2019 and March 16, 2020.
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/.
SCDOR Shares Opportunity Zone Conference Information
On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Jennifer Fletcher represented South Carolina at the White House Opportunity Zones Conference.
S.C. Department of Revenue is sharing conference information, including fact sheets, guidance remarks, videos and additional resources. This information will be accessible later this week on the South Carolina Opportunity Zones website.
Opportunity Zones Conference Information
- Opportunity Zones Fact Sheet
- Encouraging Investment: Opportunity Zones will spur private-sector investment to revitalize hurting communities and unleash their economic potential
- Lifting Up Communities: Opportunity Zones help drive economic growth and lift up communities that have been left behind
- Creating Opportunity For All: President Donald J. Trump is encouraging investment to create opportunity in distressed communities
- Geographic Inequality Fact Sheet — President Donald J. Trump is Addressing Geographic Inequality by Promoting Investment in Opportunity Zones
- White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council (WHORC) Implementation Plan (press release)
- Economic Development: Leverage Federal grants and loans in a more integrated way to develop dilapidated properties and provide basic infrastructure and financial tools to attract private investment
- Entrepreneurship: Leverage government lending and grants to stimulate access to private capital and promote programs that assist entrepreneurs
- Safe Neighborhoods: Combat drug addiction and the opioid crisis, reduce crime, enhance public safety, and address environmental contamination obstacles to development
- Education and Workforce Development: Improve the efficacy of K-12 and community college career and technical education and workforce development programs to better prepare workers in distressed communities for jobs
- Measurement: Develop robust reporting and analytics to measure the impact of Opportunity Zones
Information from Federal Agencies
- U.S. Department of Treasury Press Release — Treasury Issues Second Set of Highly Anticipated Opportunity Zones Guidance
- U.S. Department of Treasury Guidance
- WHORC Completed Action — List of programs where the Council is bringing more resources to Opportunity Zones
- HUD Request for Information — U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Announces Request For Information on Maximizing the Positive Impact of Opportunity Zones
- Powering the American Dream — Learn more about leveraging federal resources for Opportunity Zones from the U.S. Small Business Administration at SBA.gov. This includes information on funding, federal contracting opportunities and other local assistance for small businesses looking to start and grow in your community.
Video — Watch the Conference Again
Archive Video — Watch the full plenary session from Wednesday's conference (2 hours, 6 minutes)
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