Published July 2, 2012
The South Carolina Department of Commerce on Friday announced that approximately $11 million in Community Development Block Grant funds have been awarded to 28 communities across the state.
“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 Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.
The projects receiving grants were selected through a statewide competitive process. Communities receiving CDBG funding are required to provide at least 10% matching funds.
To secure grant funding, communities must demonstrate how they will use grant funds to ensure healthy and safe neighborhoods. Projects will address improvements to water, sewer or drainage infrastructure, the S.C. Department of Commerce said.
Approximately 87% of the funds will be invested within counties that are not considered “developed.” In all, 10,000 low- to moderate-income households will benefit from improvements, the agency said.
The grants funds are allocated annually to South Carolina from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. 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% of the funding will assist the state’s lower income residents.
Community Development Block Grant funding
Aiken County — Graniteville water connections
Town of Allendale — New well
Anderson County — Homeland Park water line upgrade
Town of Brunson — Water tank and well upgrade
Town of Cheraw — Drainage improvements
Chester County — Meadowbrook Road area water extension
City of Clinton — Clinton Mill Village water line upgrades
City of Dillon — Water line upgrades
Georgetown County — Annie Village wastewater extension
City of Greenwood — Water upgrades
Greenwood County — Stockman Branch sewer upgrade
Town of Harleyville — Pump station upgrade
Town of Hemingway — Water line extension
City of Johnsonville — Bluefield water upgrades
Town of Johnston — Wastewater treatment plant upgrade
Lancaster County — Springs Mill Village infrastructure upgrade
Town of Latta — Water and sewer upgrades
Laurens County — Joanna Mill Village water and sewer upgrades
Marion County — Southwest Mullins drainage project
Town of McCormick — Water line upgrade
Town of Moncks Corner — Sewer line upgrade
City of Newberry — Oakland Mill water and sewer upgrades, phase II
Town of Ridgeland — First Avenue pump station upgrade
Town of Sharon — Woodlawn water project
Union County — Buffalo Mill Village sewer, phase III
Town of Whitmire — Little Egypt Road water line upgrade
City of Woodruff — Cavins Road pump station upgrade
City of York — Cannon Mill Village water and sewer, phase I