USDA Rural Development invests $113.1 million in zone since 2015

16.scpz.newsThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program has invested $113,116,539 in counties of the South Carolina Promise Zone since 2015, according to agency records.

Investments included grants and loans to programs that had applied for funding through and outside of the Promise Zone initiative, as well as agricultural and housing grants awarded in other initiatives.  A summary is offered below: Read more

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Better South gets $50,000 training grant

Center President Andy Brack addressed a Promise Zone group last year in Allendale.

Center President Andy Brack addressed a Promise Zone group last year in Allendale.

AUG. 17, 2016  |  A $50,000 grant for technical assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will allow the Center for a Better South to develop and implement a new entrepreneurial training program in the S.C. Lowcountry Promise Zone.

“What great news this funding is for people who live in the Promise Zone,” said Center President Andy Brack.  “It will help us identify community needs in each of the Promise Zone counties for economic development training and then to target the kind of classes  on entrepreneurship that people want so they can start businesses and improve their communities.” Read more

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8/10 UPDATE: New grant opportunities, more

UPDATE OVERVIEW

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

  • RECENT NEWS:   You should read a fresh opinion piece by Promise Zone coordinator Dean Van Pelt that encourages folks to apply for grants.  Also, you will learn how entities have gotten almost $3.5 million in federal funding over the last month, meet new partners and learn about a big expansion.
  • COMING EVENT:  The S.C. Association of Community Economic Development has its annual conference next month that might provide you with the kind of information you need to apply for grants and more.
  • NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:  Learn about five community economic development and capacity-building grant opportunities that Promise Zone communities can take advantage of.
  • OTHER OPPORTUNITIES:  Learn about several other grant opportunities that you might want to investigate.
  • RESOURCES:  This section provides links to studies and stories on rural health, food hubs and more.

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Van Pelt: Let’s not miss our chances with Promise Zone

Commentary by Dean Van Pelt, S.C. Promise Zone  |  Because the six southern counties of South Carolina are in the federally-designated S.C. Promise Zone, there are tremendous opportunities for local organizations to tap into federal funding.

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But there’s a catch: Federal dollars won’t rain down on our area unless we ask for them by applying for grants and loans.

The burden is on organizations that want to make a difference. They have to go through the sometimes arduous, time-consuming process of filling in forms and submitting applications to federal agencies if they want to receive funding for projects that will grow jobs, increase commerce, advance education, create better health care, improve infrastructure, leverage capital, boost affordable housing and more. Read more

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