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Steering Committee Approves $19.7M in Stormwater Infrastructure Grant Funding

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Wed, 05/29/2024

COLUMBIA, S.C. — 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 Wednesday, May 29, 2024. The Steering Committee approved $19,705,915 in competitive CDBG-MIT Infrastructure grant funding for stormwater and drainage improvements to the entities below.

2024 HUD CDBG-MIT Infrastructure Awards
Applicant Project Name CDBG-MIT Award Amount
Darlington County Chestnut Street Drainage Improvements  $8,269,671
City of Marion Catfish Canal Storm Water Improvements  $2,500,000
City of Orangeburg Adden Street  $1,664,468
Georgetown County Graves Station Friendfield Drainage Study, Design, & Construction  $1,995,625
Orangeburg County Ellis Avenue & Warren Street $3,526,484
Town of Pamplico Town of Pamplico Stormwater Improvements - PA1  $1,749,667
  Total CBDG-MIT Awarded Amount   $19,705,915
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While just $20 million was available to award for projects and any cost overruns, SCOR received $100 million in requests for more than 40 projects in this round alone, demonstrating 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.

Seventeen 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.

The South Carolina Office of Resilience, a cabinet agency under Governor Henry McMaster, leads the state’s long-term resilience planning, disaster recovery, and mitigation efforts. Its integration within the cabinet underscores the state’s commitment to communicate, collaborate, and cooperate in order to build resilience to environmental change and natural hazards.