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 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.
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