Grants awarded to improve 24 South Carolina communities

July 3, 2014

Commerce awards $13.3 million in Community Development Block Grant funds

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Communities across the state are slated to benefit from public improvement projects supported by nearly $13.3 million in funds from the latest round of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The South Carolina Department of Commerce is awarding CDBG funds to these 24 local municipalities, representing 12,591 residents, for the following projects: 

Berkeley County – Horseshoe Neighborhood Water Extension – $269,350

Town of Bluffton – Possum Point Sewer Extension – $320,000

Town of Cameron – Cameron Drainage Improvements – $750,000

City of Darlington – South Main Sewer Upgrade – $472,160

City of Easley – West End Sewer Upgrade – $719,475

Town of Greeleyville – Sewer Extension – $362,150

City of Greenwood – Water Upgrade – $487,700

Greenwood County – Sullivan Sewer Upgrade – $700,000

Hampton County – Brunson/Gifford Water Interconnection – $1,000,000

Town of Heath Springs – Water Upgrade – $405,500

Town of Iva – Water Tank – $750,000

Town of Jonesville – Alman Street Water & Sewer Upgrade – $547,093

Laurens County – Joanna Mill Water & Sewer Upgrade – $387,295

Town of Lockhart – Sewer Upgrade – $607,290

City of Newberry – West End Mill Village Water/Sewer Upgrades – $706,863

Town of Olanta – Well and Water Treatment Facility – $750,000

Town of Ridgeland – Wise Street Pump Station – $399,565

Town of Ulmer – Highway 301 Water Upgrade – $391,314

City of Union – May Street Sewer Upgrade – $343,490

City of Walterboro – Hampton Street Area Water Upgrade – $750,000

Town of Williamston – Pinecrest Drive Sewer Upgrade – $445,487

Town of Williston – Elko Area Water Upgrade – $385,940

Town of Winnsboro – Sewer Transmission Line Upgrade – $564,103

Town of Yemassee – Sewer Upgrade – $750,000 

“The success of our business recruitment starts with having strong infrastructure and a good quality of life,” said Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt. “Through these improvements to public infrastructure, we continue to help ‘set the table’ for economic development in communities across South Carolina.” 

Commerce awards CDBG funds in the fall and the spring of each year. Selected through a statewide competitive process, local governments receiving CDBG funding are required to provide at least a 10 percent match in funding to complete the projects. Approximately 69 percent of the 12,591 citizens that will benefit from the improvements in this grant round are considered in low- to moderate-income residents. Additionally, 96 percent of funds awarded will directly impact residents in Tier II, III and IV counties, which are not considered to be “developed.” 

Grant funds are allocated on an annual basis to South Carolina from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Department of 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 low- and moderate-income persons.
  • Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums and blighting conditions.
  • Meet other urgent community development 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