NEWS: A dozen attend Center’s first training class


A dozen professionals from around the S.C. Promise Zone attended the Center for a Better South’s first day-long training class on Feb. 3 to help to build capacity in the region.



Participants met at USC Salkahatchie for the workshop to learn more about how to write compelling grant applications.  South Carolina native Patrick Patterson of Global Partners for Fathers & Families taught the class, which was funded through a technical training grant to the Center by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read more

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2/1 UPDATE: Lots of grant opportunities are open

News and new grant funding opportunities and resources for the S.C. Lowcountry Promise Zone


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

NEWS:   Updates on two grant training programs, plus an op-ed about our success and a $7 million investment announced in December.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:  There are more than two dozen funding opportunities – from ways to fund older volunteers and summer lunches for students to broadband and other grants.

LEARNING:   Take a look at several helpful webinars or other tools that might be helpful.

RESOURCES:  This section provides links to studies and stories that you may find helpful.

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NEWS: How you can help provide summer meals to students


News release  |  The S.C. Department of Education’s Office of Health and Nutrition is offering an excellent opportunity for local government agencies, school districts, faith-based and private nonprofit organizations to provide summer meals to children by becoming a sponsor or a summer meal site for our Summer Meals Program.   (Learn how to become a sponsor or site through the link at the bottom of this post.)

“Summertime is a time to play, but it is also a time to remember to eat right. Through our summer meals program, we again provided approximately four million meals to students in need,” said S.C. State Superintendent Molly Spearman.

The program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the South Carolina Department of Education to serve healthy meals to children during the summer months when school is not in session.
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NEWS: Center to offer two grant-writing courses in Promise Zone

One-day, intensive training sessions seek to catalyze requests for funding in region

The Center for a Better South will offer one-day grant-writing courses in February and March by recognized professionals to help organizations improve skills for seeking federal funding available through the S.C. Promise Zone.

“We’ve heard in focus groups this fall from Jasper County to Barnwell County that people want specialized training so that they can apply for various federal grants that are available to organizations and communities through the Promise Zone designation,” Better South President Andy Brack said.  “Our new grant-writing sessions are the first of several entrepreneurial training opportunities designed to help people learn more so we can accomplish Promise Zone goals.” Read more

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