Final Call for Entries for the SCAC Awards Competition

Final Call for Entries for the SCAC Awards Competition - Deadline is Friday, May 6.

For 50 years, SCAC has recognized innovative and impactful projects submitted by South Carolina’s counties for the J. Mitchell Graham/Barrett Lawrimore Memorial Awards Competition. The Association is currently accepting applications for the 2022 Awards Competition, and we look forward to learning about this year’s projects and innovations!

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 the Regional Cooperation award is open to two or more political subdivisions (counties, cities, districts, or councils of government) that worked together on a project. While state agencies, non-profits, or private companies may be partners, these entities should not be the primary or sole partner in the Regional Cooperation competition.

Timeline of Events

  • May 6 – All applications must be submitted online or received at the SCAC office by 5 p.m.
  • June 9 – Awards Competition to be held at SCETV in Columbia. Counties will present their projects before a panel of judges, and the competition will be livestreamed.
  • August 3 – Winners to be announced and all entries recognized at the Association’s Annual conference banquet.

Change in Rules and Requirements

This year, in recognition of the complexity, duration, and delayed impact of certain projects, the timeframe for eligible projects has increased from one year to two. Projects should have been initiated or completed within the last completed fiscal year (FY 2020-21) or the current fiscal year (FY 2021-22).

To learn more about the J. Mitchell Graham Memorial Award and the Barrett Lawrimore Memorial Regional Cooperation Award, visit the Association’s website at If you have additional questions, please contact Susan Turkopuls at 1-800-922-6081 or