Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
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The South Carolina Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is designed to
provide assistance to units of general local government in improving economic opportunities and
meeting community revitalization needs, particularly for persons of low and moderate income.
The CDBG program has been funded through the State since 1982 by the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Housing and Community Development Act
of 1974, as amended (Title I).
The CDBG program is governed by Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of
1974, as amended, and its implementing regulations for the State Program at 24 CFR Part 570,
Subpart I. All CDBG activities must be carried out in accordance with the requirements of Title
I, Subpart I, the State Consolidated Plan and this Program Description.
Grants Administration, a division of the SC Department of Commerce, administers the annual
allocation from HUD for the CDBG program. Throughout this Program Description, the term
"State" generally refers to the entity administering the CDBG program, i.e., Grants
In the following sections, a description of the State of South Carolina's CDBG Program is
presented along with the amount of funds available and the method of distribution of those funds.
Also presented are the categories of grants to be made available, selection criteria, eligible
activities, and the eligibility requirements for applicants.
The State will conduct workshops to assist local governments and other interested parties in the
preparation of grant applications and the administration and management of funded projects in
accordance with program requirements. In addition, the State is available to provide technical
assistance to local governments and non-profit organizations regarding the CDBG program.
Each activity must address at least one of the three National Objectives of the CDBG program:
(1) benefit low and moderate income (“LMI”) persons, (2) aid in the prevention or elimination of
slums and blight, and (3) meet other urgent community needs posing a serious threat to the
health or welfare of the community, where other financial resources are not available to meet
2021 CDBG Program Opportunities
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