21 S.C. communities receive public improvement grants.

PositionSouth Carolina Department of Commerce

Twenty-one S.C. communities will receive $7.6 million in public improvement project funding in the latest round of Community Development Block Grants.

The S.C. Department of Commerce awards the grants in the spring and fall each year. Recipients are selected through a competitive process and must meet one of three objectives: benefit those with low-to-moderate income; prevent or eliminate blight; or meet other urgent needs which pose an immediate public health threat. Local governments are required to provide at least a 10% funding match.

The funds are allocated to the state from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"In South Carolina, we work hard to ensure that economic development touches every corner of our state, and the CDBG program is an important tool in our arsenal for overall improvement," S.C. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said in a news release. "To further attract investments to our communities, we need to preserve the remarkable quality of life that exists throughout our state, and these public projects are critical to doing just that."

The recipients and awarded amounts are:



Grant amount

Town of Allendale

Razor Road area demolition


Allendale County

Village Inn demolition


City of Bennettsville

Shady Rest neighborhood demolition


Town of Bluffton

Goethe/Shults neighborhood revitalization


Town of Cheraw

Front Street neighborhood clearance


Chester County

Department of Social Services/Department of Health and Human Services building renovation


City of Clemson

Littlejohn Community Center renovation


Colleton County

High school football stadium demolition


City of Dillon

Pine Street neighborhood revitalization


Town of Eastover

Eastover school demolition


Town of Estill

Morrison Avenue neighborhood demolition


City of Greenwood

Community Center demolition


Hampton County

Early Branch and Varnville demolition


City of Hanahan

Charleston Farms neighborhood...

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