More than $6.1 million in Community Development Block Grant funding will help 18 S.C. communities with projects including street improvements, building renovations and drainage studies.
Two communities will purchase fire trucks with the funds, awarded by the S.C. Department of Commerce in the spring and fall of each year. Local governments are selected through a statewide competitive process and are required to provide at least a 10% funding match.
All projects must benefit people with low-to-moderate incomes; aid in the prevention or elimination of blight; or meet other urgent needs that pose a serious, immediate threat to public health.
Funding for the grants is allocated annually to the state by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“The CDBG program continues to set the table for economic development in communities across South Carolina,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt in a statement. “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.”
More than 74,820 residents will benefit from 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