Eleven local governments across South Carolina have been awarded grants to develop their communities.
The South Carolina Department of Commerce says more than 23,000 state residents will benefit from the $2.2 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).
The money will be used for develop housing and expand economic opportunities in 11 counties, cities and towns across the state.
Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt said, in a statement, the grants will have a positive impact on the recipient communities.
“These resources not only help improve residents’ quality of life, but also help create a more competitive environment for bringing jobs,” said Hitt.
The grants were selected through a statewide competition.
Berkley County and the cities of Greenwood, Lancaster, and Hartsville got the largest grants, with each receiving $500,000.
The recipient communities were also required to provide at least 10 percent in matching funds.
The money was provided by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The state estimates that more than 70 percent of the funding will assist the low-income residents.
The other grant recipients included: Aynor ($89,482), Bennettsville ($25,000), Blackville ($24,750), Moncks Corner ($25,000), Sellers ($50,000), Whitmire ($25,000), and Union County ($25,000).