Grants awarded to improve 15 South Carolina communities

S.C. Department of Commerce awards $9.8 million in Community Development Block Grant funds

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Fifteen communities from across South Carolina are slated to benefit from public improvement projects supported by more than $9.8 million in funds from the latest round of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The S.C. Department of Commerce is awarding CDBG funds to these communities, representing more than 6,900 residents, for the following projects:

City of Bennettsville – Wells Street Sewer Upgrade                                           $750,000

City of Clinton – Clinton Mill Village Water Upgrade                                           $626,802

City of Denmark – West Side Water Upgrade                                                     $398,605

City of Dillon – Armory/McKenzie Pump Station Upgrade                                  $657,740

City of Easley – West End Sewer Upgrade                                                         $750,000

Town of Estill – Lawton/Second Water Upgrades                                               $750,000

Greenwood County – Sullivan Sewer Upgrade – Phase II                                 $750,000

Laurens County – Joanna Mill Village Sewer Upgrade – Phase V                     $576,500

Lee County – St. Charles Water Tank                                                                 $750,000

Town of Mayesville – Sewer Upgrade                                                                 $1,000,000

Town of Norway – Winchester Avenue Water Upgrade                                      $301,140

Town of Pageland – Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade               $1,000,000

Town of Port Royal – Columbia Avenue Sewer Extension                                  $550,182

Williamsburg County – Bethesda Water Extension                                             $330,852

Town of Williamston – Belton Drive Sewer Upgrade                                           $692,000

“The importance of the CDBG program cannot be overstated,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “This initiative has had an incredibly positive impact on communities across our state, supporting stronger infrastructure and boosting quality of life for our residents.”

S.C. Commerce awards CDBG funds in the fall and the spring of each year. Selected through a statewide competitive process, local governments receiving CDBG funds are required to provide at least a 10 percent match in funding to complete the projects. Grant funds are allocated on an annual basis to South Carolina from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and S.C. Commerce administers the CDBG program on the state’s behalf. CDBG assists communities in providing housing, a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities.

All grants awarded through the CDBG program must meet at least one of three objectives:

  • Benefit LMI (low- to moderate-income) persons.
  • Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums and blighting conditions.
  • Meet other urgent community development needs where existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to public health and welfare, and where other financial resources are not readily available to meet such needs.

For additional information on South Carolina’s CDBG program, including application guidelines and frequently asked questions, please visit