Grants awarded to improve 10 South Carolina communities

July 8, 2024

S.C. Department of Commerce awards more than $10.5 million in Community Development Block Grant funds

Ten communities from around South Carolina are receiving community development grant funds totaling more than $10.5 million for public improvement projects. This funding comes from the South Carolina Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which biannually awards grants to aid municipal governments for the purpose of improving economic opportunities and meeting community revitalization needs. The S.C. Department of Commerce (S.C. Commerce) awards the CDBG funds which will directly benefit 33,379 residents and total $10,591,639.

Projects receiving Spring 2024 CDBG funding include:

“The CDBG program creates infrastructure and revitalization opportunities in communities that may otherwise have limited access to funding,” said Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III. “As South Carolina remains a leading destination for businesses and citizens alike, supporting these projects is vital to keep communities of all sizes growing and moving forward.”

Local governments receiving CDBG funds are required to provide at least a 10% match in funding to complete the projects, and all grants awarded through the program must meet at least one of three objectives:

  • Benefit to low- to moderate-income persons.
  • Aid in the prevention or elimination of slum and blighted conditions.
  • Meet other urgent community 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.

Grant funds are allocated on an annual basis to South Carolina from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and S.C. Commerce administers the CDBG program on the state’s behalf. For additional information on South Carolina’s CDBG program, please visit


About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis – recognized by multiple economic development publications for its pro-business climate. For more information, visit