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Historic preservation and community conservation grant applications sought

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The Richland County Conservation Commission is accepting applications for its historic preservation and community conservation grants, which help fund projects that protect and preserve historic land and places.

Nonprofit and neighborhood organizations, government agencies and commercial institutions may apply for the grants, which require a 20% match. The application deadline is Feb. 4, and applications must be completed online. For more information, visit

Historic preservation grants are available in amounts up to $50,000 for preserving or restoring historic buildings and cemeteries or educational and research projects detailing Richland County history. Grant projects underway this year include:

  • Roof replacement at Benedict College’s Morgan Hall
  • Oral histories of former teachers and students and Pine Grove Rosenwald School
  • A National Historic District nomination for Five Points
  • Wall stabilization of the J.A. Byrd Mercantile Store in Eastover
  • Exhibit fabrication for the Olympia-Granby Mill Village Museum

Community conservation grants are available in amounts up to $20,000 for trail building, water quality improvement, green infrastructure or environmental education programs. Grant projects this year include: 

  • Stream restoration design plans for Gills Creek at Crowson Road
  • Kinsler Creek walkway enhancements
  • Native plantings at Owens Field Park

For more information about grant opportunities, contact Nancy Stone-Collum at or 803-576-2083.


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