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Town of Kingstree and Hemingway among 15 South Carolina communities awarded grants for improvement

S.C. Department of Commerce awards more than $14 million in Community Development Block Grant funds

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Fifteen communities across South Carolina are slated to benefit from public improvement projects supported by more than $14 million in funds from the latest round of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. The S.C. Department of Commerce is awarding CDBG funds to these communities in Williamsburg County for the following projects:

Town of Hemingway: Main Influent Gravity Sewer Line Upgrade - $750,000

Town of Kingstree: Upper Kingstree Branch Drainage Improvements - $962,195

"The CDBG program continues to be a powerful tool in our economic development efforts, allowing local communities to advance growth and quality of life,” said Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III. “We’re proud that these funds will not only attract more investment to our state, but will also benefit South Carolinians who live in these communities.”

S.C. Commerce awards CDBG funds in the fall and the spring of each year. Selected through a statewide competitive process, local governments receiving CDBG funds are required to provide at least a 10% match in funding to complete the projects. Grant funds are allocated on an annual basis to South Carolina from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and S.C. Commerce administers the CDBG program on the state's behalf. CDBG assists communities in providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities.

All grants awarded through the CDBG program must meet at least one of three objectives:

• Benefit low- to moderate-income persons.

• Aid in the prevention or elimination of slum and blighted conditions.

• Meet other urgent community needs where existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to public health and welfare and where other financial resources are not readily available to meet such needs.

For additional information on South Carolina's CDBG program, including application guidelines and frequently asked questions, please visit www.cdbgsc.com.

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