Community Development

LSCOG works directly with local governments throughout the region in developing and carrying out community development projects that improve the quality of life for area residents, particularly those with low-to-moderate incomes. A primary funding source that LSCOG provides assistance with is the South Carolina Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, housed within the South Carolina Department of Commerce. LSCOG staff assists local governments in CDBG project development, grant writing, and grant administration. 

The CDBG program provides funding for various community development activities that provide a benefit to low-to-moderate income residents, aid in the removal of slum and blighted conditions, and meet other urgent community needs. Typical projects funded through the SC CDBG program include

  • Critical improvements to water/sewer/drainage systems
  • Downtown streetscape improvements
  • Demolition of local government owned dilapidated buildings
  • Demolition of dilapidated vacant housing units
  • Multiple activity projects that benefit targeted neighborhoods
  • Library construction and expansion
  • Fire trucks
  • Police and fire substations
  • Health clinics or multi-service centers in under-served areas
  • Public facilities modifications to ensure accessibility for disabled persons
  • Energy efficiency improvements for CDBG eligible public facilities

In addition to CDBG expertise, LSCOG staff are knowledgeable about a variety of other community development funding sources. LSCOG staff are available to

Related Links

SC Department of Commerce
www.cdbgSC.com
Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
Rural Infrastructure Fund (RIF)

USDA Rural Development
www.rurdev.usda.gov
Housing Preservation Grants (HPG)
Loans
Water & Sewer Grants
Community Facilities Grants

Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA)
www.ria.sc.gov
Competitive Infrastructure Grants

State Revolving Fund

SC State Housing Finance & Development Authority
http://www.schousing.com
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