39 Grant Applications Submitted for ARPA Funding in Laurens County

April 13, 2022

Laurens County has closed the application process for funding from the American Rescue Plan (ARP).  The county will receive $13.1 million in ARP funds, of which up to $2.5 million will be available to nonprofits and another $2.5 million for infrastructure projects (water, sewer and broadband) from the county’s first appropriation of ARP funding.

Applications were due by 5:00 pm on April 1st.  The county received five infrastructure grant applications and thirty-four community applications.

So, what’s next?

County Council will need to roll up their sleeves and get to work. The applications should be scrutinized to ensure that funding goes to the entities which can demonstrate that the pandemic financially impacted the work they do and that the funding request is reasonable.

“I am excited to see the participation from so many local entities, there are some great requests. Council will be working hard to vet the proposal in the next few weeks, and it will be a rewarding process,” said County Council Chairman Brown Patterson. “I look forward to hearing more from the entities as we work towards awarding the grants.”

Below is a list of applications submitted.

Infrastructure Grants:

  • Laurens Commission of Public Works – Little River Sewer System Rehab Project ($2,331,266.40)
  • Laurens County Water Sewer Commission – Highway 418 Waterline Improvement ($552,379)
  • Laurens County Water Sewer Commission – Highway 14 Metric Road Water Supply Improvement ($759,000)
  • Laurens County Water & Sewer Commission – ISO Parkway/Fibertex Pump Station Upgrade ($346,250)
  • Presbyterian College – Broadband ($601,654)

Community Grants:

  • Straight Street Youth Center ($14,600)
  • Laurens County Trails Association ($16,000)
  • Good Shepherd Free Medical Clinic of Laurens ($16,000)
  • Beyond Abuse ($40,000)
  • Fountain Inn Kid Enrichment Center ($42,000)
  • Family Promise of Laurens County ($45,000)
  • Center for Community Services ($50,000)
  • Laurens County Chamber of Commerce ($50,000)
  • PAIA Lower Eastern Cherokee Nation SC ($50,000)
  • Dental Share Network of Laurens County ($60,000)
  • Laurens County Trail Association ($70,000)
  • Rotary Club of Laurens County ($75,000)
  • University of South Carolina Union-Laurens ($75,000)
  • Bell Federation Center of the Blind ($90,000)
  • Bridging the Gap Advocacy ($98,000)
  • Camping Ministries of the Carolinas, Inc. ($100,000)
  • Tranquility Point ($135,000)
  • Main Street Laurens USA ($135,000)
  • United Ministries of Laurens ($150,000)
  • Presbyterian College ($161,500)
  • Cultural Arts Foundation Fountain Inn ($200,000)
  • Laurens County Safe Home ($200,000)
  • Thornwell ($240,232)
  • American Legion Post 25 ($250,000)
  • Laurens Memorial Home for the Aged, Inc. ($250,000)
  • The Laurens County Museum ($250,000)
  • United Way of Laurens County ($250,000)
  • Eighth Circuit Solicitor’s Office ($300,000)
  • Laurens County School District 55 ($300,000)
  • South Carolina Empowerment Centre ($350,000)
  • The City of Laurens ($700,000)
  • Young Mens Christian Association of Greater Clinton ($1,000,000)
  • City of Fountain Inn ($1,517,000)
  • Lakelands YMCA-Laurens ($1,971,000)