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Grants awarded to improve 10 South Carolina communities

S.C. Department of Commerce awards more than $10.5 million in Community Development Block Grant funds

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Ten communities from around South Carolina are receiving community development grant funds totaling more than $10.5 million for public improvement projects. This funding comes from the South Carolina Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which biannually awards grants to aid municipal governments for the purpose of improving economic opportunities and meeting community revitalization needs. The S.C. Department of Commerce (S.C. Commerce) awards the CDBG funds which will directly benefit 33,379 residents and total $10,591,639.  

Projects receiving Spring 2024 CDBG funding include:

City of BennettsvilleLyall Street Water Treatment Plant Upgrade$877,800
City of BishopvilleWastewater Treatment Plant Improvements$1,000,000
Chesterfield CountyHillian Edwards Road Water Extension$1,000,000
Dorchester CountyStratton Capers Water Upgrade – Phase I$1,000,000
Town of KershawWastewater Treatment Plant Improvements$997,519
Laurens CountyClinton-Joanna WWTP Upgrade – Phase II$1,618,000
City of NewberryBush River WWTP Improvements$1,500,000
Town of PendletonVillage Hills Water and Sewer Upgrade$1,000,000
Town of RidgelandWater and Sewer Upgrades$929,285
Town of WinnsboroWinnsboro Mills Water Upgrade$669,035

"The CDBG program creates infrastructure and revitalization opportunities in communities that may otherwise have limited access to funding,” said Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III. “As South Carolina remains a leading destination for businesses and citizens alike, supporting these projects is vital to keep communities of all sizes growing and moving forward.”

Local governments receiving CDBG funds are required to provide at least a 10% match in funding to complete the projects, and all grants awarded through the program must meet at least one of three objectives:

  • Benefit low- to moderate-income persons.
  • Aid in the prevention or elimination of slum and blighted conditions.
  • Meet other urgent community 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.

Grant funds are allocated on an annual basis to South Carolina from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and S.C. Commerce administers the CDBG program on the state's behalf. For additional information on South Carolina's CDBG program, please visit