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.
SC Opportunity Zone Summit
The SC Opportunity Zone Summit, hosted by SC Opportunity Fund LLC and sponsored by Elliot Davis, will take place on Thursday, October 10th from 9:00am to 4:00pm at the Greenville Convention Center. The one-day summit will cover maximizing the positive impact of Opportunity Zones throughout South Carolina. Senator Tim Scott, along with an array of industry experts, business leaders and community stakeholders will attend. Find out more and register at http://scopportunityfund.com/event/.
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