2021 Hometown Economic Development Grant Recipients Announced

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

The Municipal Association launched the Hometown Economic Development Grants in 2016 and have awarded grants each year since then.