Grants awarded to improve 18 South Carolina communities

S.C. Department of Commerce awards $6.1 million in Community Development Block Grant Funds

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Eighteen communities across South Carolina are slated to benefit from public improvement projects supported by more than $6.1 million in funds from the latest round of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. The S.C. Department of Commerce is awarding CDBG funds to these communities, representing more than 74,820 residents, for the following projects:

  • Town of Blackville – School Demolition                                                             $226,655
  • Town of Brunson – Adams Street Area Demolition                                           $118,900
  • Town of Estill – Church Street Area Demolition                                                 $500,000
  • Town of Gifford – Neighborhood Demolition                                                      $71,940
  • City of Greenwood – East Court Avenue Streetscape Improvements               $500,000
  • Jasper County – Southern Jasper Drainage Study                                            $50,000
  • Town of Kingstree – Drainage Study                                                                  $50,000
  • Lancaster County – DSS Building Renovation                                                   $500,000
  • Town of McCormick – Main Street Streetscape Improvements                          $500,000
  • City of Union – Fire Truck                                                                                   $390,500
  • Town of Ware Shoals – Fire Truck                                                                      $500,000
  • City of Woodruff – S. Main/E. Hayne Streetscape Improvements                      $498,970
  • Town of Cheraw – ACL Neighborhood Revitalization (Phase III)                       $500,000
  • Town of Hampton – Nix Street Neighborhood Revitalization                              $500,000
  • Jasper County – Church/Stiney Neighborhood Revitalization                            $500,000
  • City of Pickens – South Pickens Neighborhood Revitalization                           $475,230
  • City of Clinton – D. E. Tribble Building Stabilization                                           $99,999
  • Town of Gifford – Rosenwald School Stabilization                                             $150,000

“The CDBG program continues to set the table for economic development in communities across South Carolina,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “Through the implementation of these public projects, our state’s residents ultimately enjoy an improved quality of life, which is the hallmark of South Carolina as an ideal destination for business.”

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 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