Grants Services

Grants Services

The Grants Services Department provides resources to assist local governments and their agencies, focusing on a wide range of community and economic development related projects.

Our staff assistance includes project planning, project development, grant writing, and grant management. Our objective is to match the needs of the community to the grant funding available to maximize opportunities and resources. Our staff serves as consultant, liaison, problem solver and project manager to make certain the project is feasible and contributes to a healthy, safe and sustainable community.

Our goal in assisting to shape our communities is to ensure a strong economical viable region. Check out our 2022 In Review flyer to see how the Grants Department assisted Appalachian communities last year.


South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center- Durability Track

South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center (SCTAC) received grant funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to construct a slope hill and break testing lane for the State’s only Automotive Test Track.  Covering approximately 400 acres, current elements include:  a one-mile straightaway; 1,700-ft durability track; 1,000-ft brake lane; a slope hill with 10% and 20% grades and split mu features; and an on-site fire department. Surfaces include asphalt, concrete and off-road areas. From research to final production this dynamic testing facility features a secure, closed testbed environment to meet the testing needs of the automotive industry. Thid on-site automotive test bed is uniquely positioned to serve the continued growth of South Carolina’s world-class automotive industry.

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Funding Sources

Appalachian Regional Commission $500,000

SCTAC  $1,882,275

Total Project Costs $2,382,275


Grant Programs

Appalachian Regional Commission

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Community Block Development Grants (CDBG)

  • Infrastructure improvement grants for economic development
  • Residential water and sewer
  • Housing rehabilitation
  • Community facilities improvements/ construction

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Economic Development Administration

  • Infrastructure improvement grants for economic development

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USDA - Rural Development

  • Infrastructure improvement grants for economic development
  • Community facilities improvements
  • Residential water and sewer

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State Grant Programs

SC Brownfields Environmental Site Testing Program (BEST)

Activities funded through the SC BEST Program include Phase I & Phase II Environmental Site Assessments and Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives.





Current Projects

Anderson County

• Anderson City Innovate Kitchen

• Anderson County Services  

• Anderson County Demolition  

• Anderson County Hurricane Creek Sewer

• Anderson County Iva Library Branch

• Belton Water Distribution and Sewer Lift Station Replacement and Improvements

• Iva Wastewater Line Grouting 

• Pendleton Streetscape and Park

• Pendleton Neighborhood Revitalization

• Sandy Spring Water District Water Main Replacement

• Williamston Mill Village Water Improvements

• Williamston Saratoga Springs Trail

Cherokee County

• Cherokee County Water Capacity Improvements 

• Gaffney Revolutionary War Discovery Center

Greenville County

• SCTAC Loops

• GSP Airport Cargo

Oconee County

• Oconee Joint Regional Sewer Authority Sewer

• Oconee Joint Regional Sewer Authority Collection System and Wastewater Treatment Facility Rehabilitation Project

• Oconee Joint Regional Sewer Authority Reorganizational Study

• Town of Salem Waterline Replacement

• Seneca Amphitheater

• Walhalla Water and Sewer Improvements

• Walhalla Greenway

• West Union Hwy 11 and Neville Street Waterlines

• Westminster Park

Pickens County

• Central Church St Waterline

• Central Trail

• Clemson Streetscape & Building Demolition

• Clemson Redhill Affordable Housing   

• Clemson Redhill Water Upgrade 

• Pendleton Streetscape & Park  

• Pendleton Neighborhood Revitalization  

• Pickens Water System Improvements

• Liberty Old Norris & Quarry Rd Sewer

• Liberty Water System Improvements

Spartanburg County

• Cowpens Streetscape

• Greer Commission of Public Works BMW Pump Station

• Greer Commission of Public Works Maple Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion

• Landrum Rail Car Restoration

• Woodruff Hwy 101 Sewer

• Woodruff Strategic Plan

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