The Municipal Association of South Carolina has awarded Hometown Economic Development Grants to 12 cities and towns. Available in amounts of up to $25,000 each, the grants support those economic development projects that will have positive effects on a municipality’s quality of life. The program also promotes and recognizes innovation in economic development practices.
The Municipal Association board of directors created the program to fund projects that will produce measurable results, can be maintained over time and illustrate innovative and sustainable practices that can be replicated in other cities. The grants have matching requirements of either funds or in-kind contributions ranging from 5% to 15% depending on the size of the municipality.
Here are the winners of the 2021 grant cycle:
City of Beaufort
South Coast Cyber Center
Beaufort will repurpose a former school facility into the downtown headquarters for the South Coast Cyber Center, a world-class facility dedicated to cybersecurity, cyber defense education and innovation.
Contact: Carrie Gorsuch, 843.986.5609
City of Cayce
Cayce River Arts District
Cayce will infuse more public art in the Cayce River Arts District through everyday objects to continue the area’s redevelopment and growth.
Contact: Sarah Harris, 803.550.9545
Town of Donalds
Municipal and Historical Preservation Park
Grant funds will help fully restore, renovate and optimize the building and parcel of the Donalds Grange No. 497, a historic property that is a part of the South Carolina Heritage Corridor and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Contact: William O. Scoggins Jr., 864.992.3650
City of Georgetown
Multi-Purpose Outdoor Marketplace and Park
In partnership with multiple organizations, Georgetown will redevelop the empty downtown site of the former city hall into a multipurpose facility to host farmers markets, food trucks, holiday markets and a variety of other attractions.
Contact: Christopher Inglese, 843.545.4075
Town of Greeleyville
Historic Downtown Streetscape Improvement Project
The town will use grant funds as part of a Community Development Block Grant match to fund streetscape upgrades to the Greeleyville Town Centre.
Contact: Carlether Nesmith, 843.372.4248
Town of Honea Path
Main Street Facelift
Honea Path will assist business owners ready to make positive changes to their facades in an effort to continue downtown revitalization efforts.
Contact: Jan Bratcher, 864.314.3359
Town of Moncks Corner
Miracle League Field
Building on the planning work it has pursued in recent years, Moncks Corner will use grant funds for construction of its Miracle League Field.
Contact: Douglas Polen, 843.719.7913
Town of Pacolet
Continuing the Pacolet Tradition
The Pacolet Amphitheater grounds and infrastructure will be rehabilitated and upgraded to ensure its continued use as a traditional gathering place for town residents and community events.
Contact: Allison Gantte, 864.431.3935
Town of Pelion
Revitalization, Restoration and Reuse of the Former Pelion Train Warehouse
Grant funds will restore Pelion’s former train warehouse into a museum and event space that will host meetings.
Contact: Janice Poole, 803.894.3535
Town of Seabrook Island
Gateway and Wayfinding
Helping visitors find their way to local attractions and businesses will become easier with Seabrook Island’s grant-funded project to install gateway and wayfinding signage.
Contact: Joseph Cronin, 843.768.9121
Town of Society Hill
1822 Library Historic Preservation
In preparation for its bicentennial in 2022, Society Hill will conduct rehabilitation and preservation work on one of the oldest surviving public lending libraries in the state.
Contact: Tommy Bradshaw, 843.616.6304
City of Westminster
Gateway to Revitalization
Westminster will enhance its Commercial Building Improvement Grant Program in an effort to include more downtown buildings in the city’s revitalization.
Contact: Kevin Bronson, 864.647.3200