The South Carolina Department of Commerce today announced that approximately $16.3 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds have been awarded to 37 communities across the state. These projects will benefit more than 23,000 residents. A full list of grant recipients is listed below.
“The CDBG program consistently has a positive impact on communities across our state that lack resources for community development. These resources not only help improve residents’ quality of life, but also help create a more competitive environment for bringing jobs and investment,” said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce.
The projects receiving grants were selected through a statewide competitive process. Communities receiving CDBG funding are required to provide at least 10 percent matching funds.
To secure grant funding, communities must demonstrate how they are ensuring healthy and safe neighborhoods. The projects include extension of water lines to serve residents without public water resources, improvement to existing water and sewer systems to upgrade services and conform to environmental and health requirements, and development of drainage infrastructure to prevent water overflows and damage to property. These strategic capital investments address public health, safety or environmental quality concerns.
Approximately 82 percent of these funds will be invested in 31 communities in the state’s less developed counties in South Carolina. In all, 15,000 low- to moderate-income households will benefit from these improvements.
All grants awarded through the CDBG program must meet at least one of three objectives:
- Benefit low and moderate income people.
- Aid in eliminating or preventing poor neighborhood conditions.
- Meet urgent community needs where there are threats to public health and welfare, and where other financial resources are not available.
The grants funds are allocated annually to South Carolina from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Department of Commerce administers the CDBG program for the state. The program assists communities in providing housing, a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities. Grants are awarded to local governments to carry out a wide range of activities addressing housing and community development needs. More than 70 percent of the funding will assist the state’s lower income residents.
Community Development Block Grants will be awarded to the following communities:
Town of Andrews – Pump Station Upgrades $500,000
Beaufort County – Burton Water Extension $422,500
City of Bennettsville –Sewer Line Upgrade $497,500
Town of Blacksburg – Youngs Grove Road Water Extension $500,000
Town of Blackville – Water System Upgrade $495,000
Cherokee County – River Drive Water Upgrade and Extension $500,000
City of Clemson – Old Central and Charleston Avenue Sewer Upgrade $305,550
City of Denmark – Wastewater Lagoon Improvements $495,500
Town of Elloree – Tee Vee Road Water Extension $484,590
Town of Estill – Ruth Street Pump Station Upgrade $422,500
Georgetown County – Marysville Sewer Improvements $500,000
City of Greenwood – Southeast Waterline Upgrade $405,610
Greenwood County – Panola Mill Village Sewer Upgrade $500,000
City of Hardeeville – Drainage Improvements $500,000
Town of Harleyville – Water Line Upgrade $500,000
City of Hartsville – Water Line Upgrade $241,938
Town of Heath Springs – Water System Upgrade $461,385
Town of Hemingway – Baptist Road Water Extension $283,331
Town of Iva – Sewer Upgrades Phase III $443,737
Town of Jonesville – Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade $500,000
Laurens County – Joanna Mill Water and Sewer Upgrade $500,000
City of Liberty – Woodside Sewer Upgrade $500,000
Town of Lockhart – Water and Sewer Upgrade $500,000
Town of Perry – Water System Upgrade $499,775
Town of Ridgeland – Ridgeland Water Tank Upgrades $429,500
Town of Saluda – Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade $500,000
Town of St. Matthews – Water System Upgrade $321,947
Town of St. Stephen – Water Tank Upgrade $500,000
Town of Stuckey – Water Upgrade/Interconnection $494,200
Town of Timmonsville – Water Upgrade $500,000
City of Union – Highway 49 Apartments Sewer Upgrade $243,893
Union County – Monarch Mill Village Sewer Water Upgrade $500,000
Town of Varnville – Mill Pond Pump Station Upgrade $190,297
City of Walterboro – Jackson Street Pump Station Upgrade $340,900
Town of Ware Shoals – Waterline Upgrade Phase II $450,848
Town of West Pelzer – Water System Upgrade Project $447,500
Town of Williamston – Sewer Upgrade Project $447,611