MYRTLE BEACH — The Myrtle Beach City Council approved $215,000 in funding this year for local agencies, which is more than in the past two years.
The council approved $215,000 in outside agency grants during its meeting on July 26. This funding has been split up among 17 different agencies that provide services to city residents in need.
Outside agencies are those that provide a necessary service to the community, but aren't considered for accommodations tax grants, which relate to cultural events and tourism-related activities.
City Public Information Officer Mark Kruea said the services that these agencies provide also align with the city's strategic initiatives, which include promoting public safety, economic development, neighborhood enrichment and communications.
"These are agencies that do work on behalf of our residents, work that furthers the city's goals," Kruea said. "All of these agencies provide a critical service to some portion of our community that needs that sort of assistance."
The $215,000 budgeted for these grants during the 2022-23 fiscal year is from the city's general fund. This year's amount is greater than the two previous fiscal years, which saw $165,500 and $180,000 in outside agency grants, respectively.
Kruea said the council typically tries to provide more than $200,000 every year to its selection of outside agency grant applicants. However, the 2020-21 and 2021-22 fiscal years saw smaller amounts of funding due to budget cuts from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Of the recently approved funding, the Boys & Girls Club of The Grand Strand and Sea Haven, Inc. received the largest grants, with each receiving $30,000.
Grand Strand Miracle League received $20,000; the Rape Crisis Center received $18,000; and the Carolina African American Heritage Foundation received $15,500.
The Children's Recovery Center, Helping Hand and SOS Health Care, Inc. each received $15,000. Freedom Readers and A Father's Place each received $10,000. Coastal Samaritan Counseling Center received $8,500.
Family Outreach of Horry County; Horry Georgetown Technical College Dental Services Department; Myrtle Beach Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association; Neighbor to Neighbor; and S.C. Mothers Against Violence, Inc. each received $5,000. Sav-R-Cats received $3,000.