Call for Entries - SCAC Annual Awards and COVID-19 Response and Resiliency Showcase

The J. Mitchell Graham/Barrett Lawrimore Memorial Awards recognize innovative projects completed by South Carolina’s counties during the past fiscal year. Winners represent the best qualities of local governance—attention to details, service to citizens, efficient use of tax dollars, and improvement in the quality of life. They demonstrate how creative problem-solving and collaboration can achieve impressive results, and offer new ideas for other counties to consider.

The J. Mitchell Graham Memorial Award recognizes counties that address community challenges, implement operational improvements, or enhance their citizens’ quality of life in a unique way.

The Barrett Lawrimore Memorial Regional Cooperation Award highlights the growing need for regional partnerships, strategies, and solutions. Competition for this award is open to two or more political subdivisions (counties or county partnerships formed with city, town, district, or regional government organizations) that worked together on a project.

The COVID-19 Response and Resiliency Showcase — a third awards category added to this year’s awards program — honors the ways our counties have responded to the unprecedented health pandemic. Adjudication for this category will be different from the other two awards; all entries submitted for this year’s showcase will receive special recognition.


For more information, please see the 2021 Awards Brochure  and the  Awards Toolkit. The toolkit allows counties to submit their applications online, provides a fillable PDF application, addresses frequently asked questions, and includes examples of previous projects. Without exception, all applications must be submitted online or received at the SCAC office by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021.
Questions? Contact: Susan Turkopuls at or by calling 1-800-922-6081.