UPDATE, 7/12: Grants worships, training, webinars, more

New funding opportunities and resources for the S.C. Lowcountry Promise Zone


There are several timely events and opportunities that Promise Zone partners and supporters may find helpful, including:

  • NEW:  Grants workshop, Columbia, July 18-19.  Details below.
  • REMINDER:  Community development training, July 13, Walterboro.
  • NEW:  Promise Neighborhood funding available
  • NEW:  July 20 webinar on Our Town opportunities

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Community development training set for July 13

Walterboro  will host a training session inside the Promise Zone on July 13 for people interested in learning more about community development.

The S.C. Association for Community Economic Development (SCACED) will hold the training event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. , July 13, at the Colleton Commercial Kitchen, 506 E. Washington St., Walterboro, S.C.  The session, called “Engaging Strategic Partners in Community Development,” will feature trainer Robert Cooke and his team from the Southeast Georgia United Empowerment Zone Inc.

The training will focus on how rural municipalities can develop their communities and improve their economies.  In addition to presentations and facilitated discussions on building connections among local governments and other partners, the day-long event will feature development by participants of basic action plans to allow them to take the next steps for community development in their communities.

  • To register, click this link.  NOTE:  If you want to receive a discount before you sign up, contact the folks at SCACED to get a special discount promocode that will make the training available for just $100.
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6/29 UPDATE: New grant opportunities, webinars, more

New funding opportunities and resources for the S.C. Lowcountry Promise Zone


In this update, you will find new information and recent news on a variety of topics, including:

RECENT NEWS:   A Bamberg County company is expanding, which will create 50 new jobs.  The Obama Administration has announced nine more Promise Zones.

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES: The opportunities with fast-approaching deadlines are from the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, and Labor.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES:  Read about three other health-related funding opportunities with deadlines approaching.

RESOURCES:  Take a look at links to a dozen reports that range in helpful subject matter from food hubs to rural income inequality. Read more

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Masonite International’s expansion to create 50 new jobs

JUNE 9, 2016  |  An expansion of the Bamberg County operations of Masonite International will create 50 new jobs over the next year, officials announced this month.

The company, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of decorative interior doors and entry door systems, says it expects additional growth in the future.  Featuring a wide array of patented designs for frames, stain kits and building materials, Masonite International operates more than 70 locations around the world–with 37 sites in the United States alone. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., the company employs more than 10,000 people worldwide.

“South Carolina continues to build on its reputation as a leader in manufacturing, and Masonite’s decision to expand in Denmark is another big win for our state,” Gov. Nikki Haley said.  “It’s special any time we see a company succeed and grow in one of our rural communities, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the 50 new jobs this expansion means for Bamberg County.”

The 50 new positions will allow Masonite’s Denmark, S.C.,facility to add another auto line shift. Additional growth and capacity increases are expected to take place through the first quarter of 2017. There are also plans for the creation of a weekend shift, which will require additional staffing in auxiliary support departments.

“Masonite is a fine company that has been an asset to our county,” said Bamberg County Council Chairman Isaiah Odom.  “Every good job they provide in our area creates a better future for a family here, where Masonite continues to expand. We congratulate the company and want to help Masonite flourish in Bamberg County.”

If you are interested in applying for any of the new positions, visit the company’s careers page online for more information. Applications must be submitted in person at the facility, which is located at 1349 Locust Avenue in Denmark.

  • For more information on Masonite International, visit masonite.com.
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