South Carolina committee approves $19.7 million in stormwater infrastructure grant funding

June 11, 2024
South Carolina Steering Committee approved $19.7 million in stormwater infrastructure grant funding.

The South Carolina Office of Resilience (SCOR) held its scheduled U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant-Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) Steering Committee meeting on May 29, 2024.

The Steering Committee approved $19,705,915 in competitive CDBG-MIT infrastructure grant funding for stormwater and drainage improvements to areas of South Carolina.

SCOR received $100 million in funding requests for more than 40 projects in this round of funding alone. With just $20 million in funding available to award for projects, the requests highlight the need for broad investment in stormwater upgrades.

The Statewide Resilience Plan defines resilience as the ability of communities, economies and ecosystems to anticipate, absorb, recover and thrive when presented with environmental change and natural hazards. Investments in stormwater infrastructure play an important role in the ability of communities to absorb the impacts of flooding events.

A breakdown of the infrastructure awards is listed below:

  • Darlington County: $8,269,671 for Chestnut Street drainage improvements.
  • City of Marion: $2,000,000 for Catfish Canal stormwater improvements.
  • City of Orangeburg: $1,664,468 for Adden Street.
  • Georgetown County: $1,995,625 for Graves Station Friendfield drainage study, design and construction.
  • Orangeburg County: $3,526,484 for Ellis Avenue and Warren Street.
  • Town of Pamplico: $1,749,667 for Town of Pamplico stormwater improvements.

17 counties in South Carolina are eligible for CDBG-MIT funding: Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Sumter and Williamsburg.

This round of CDBG-MIT infrastructure awards completes the final allocation of remaining infrastructure funding. The CDBG-MIT grant award to the state was one-time funding based on prior presidentially declared hurricane related disasters. SCOR will not be accepting further applications for any of the CDBG-MIT program areas.