​Economic development activities eligible for funding

Professional Services

Professional services including, but not limited to, developing master plans; providing analysis or materials for marketing, branding or promoting cities and their local businesses; or engineering.


Assets including, but not limited to, publicly owned water or sewer projects; wayfinding signage or placemaking projects.


Programs developed by a city or in partnership with others including, but not limited to, downtown development or revitalization; business incubators or small business assistance.


Any city that is a member of the Municipal Association of South Carolina may submit a grant application.

Evaluation criteria listed in order of priority

  • Expected return on investment, effect on quality of life and financial need of the city
  • Level of innovation and sustainability
  • Successful track record of the city for executing similar project
  • Project potential replication in other cities

The grant award committee will consist of current or former government professionals with local government or grant management experience.

Match requirements

Cities must provide a grant match either in cash or through in-kind contributions. The required match is based on the applicant’s population according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data. Grant funds are disbursed only after a proportionate amount of the required match is invested in the project.

Population          Required Match

1 – 4,999                        5 percent of the grant award
5,000 – 9,999             10 percent of the grant award
10,000 and above    15 percent of the grant award


To ensure grant funds are used according to Hometown Economic Development Grant guidelines, grantees must provide documentation to the Association throughout the project’s duration and at its completion. The Association will provide guidance on documentation at the time the grant is awarded.

Association staff will conduct on-site reviews of all completed projects.

Application guidelines