MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Tuesday, April 11, 2023) – Berkeley County has awarded approximately $1.2 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to nine different local nonprofits and municipalities. County Council approved the recommended funding allocations at its meeting on Monday, April 10, 2023. Watch the full meeting HERE.
Berkeley County opened an application period from February 17 to March 17 for interested organizations to apply for funding. In partnership with Civitas LLC, the County established a CDBG Advisory Committee to review applicants and determine eligible groups before making a recommendation to Council. The money stems from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and will provide Berkeley County communities with resources to address unique community development needs. Funding has been awarded to the following local organizations for costs associated with public facilities and demolition:
- Bonneau Beach Civic Club – $62,745 for kitchen upgrades, flooring and heat pumps
- Changed Lives Ministry – $39,000 for improvements and upgrades at the women’s transitional house
- Community Options – $64,650 for new/upgraded flooring and a generator for a housing facility for people with disabilities
- Moncks Corner Baptist – $250,225 for a new external building for a soup kitchen
- Forty One Wilder – $267,623 for construction of a community center for all age levels to participate in various activities
- Gateway Open Arms – $36,000 to replace temporary food pantry with a new facility
- Hell Hole Inc. – The Steel Shed (Jamestown Community Center) – $140,000 in facility renovations
- Town of Jamestown – Recreation – $22,000 for solar walking trail lights
- Town of Jamestown – $70,000 for demolition of slum and blight projects
- Father-to-Father Inc. – $75,397 to increase space in the facility to serve more participants and expand computer lab
*The approximately $1.28 million approved also includes $256,910 for administration and CDBG Program-related costs.
Through the CDBG program, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved $1,284,550 for Berkeley County to use to address community development needs. The County is also set to receive $552,117 in HOME funding from HUD for Program Year (PY) 2023, which begins July 1, 2023 and ends June 30, 2024. The above requests will be funded beginning July 1.
The CDBG Program provides annual grants on a formula basis to states, cities, and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.
“We are excited to award this funding to help better serve a diverse set of support services throughout the County. Special thanks to the CDBG Advisory Committee and to each applicant for playing an important role in helping to meet the needs of our community.” -Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb