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Applying for SC CARES Act Funds


Watch a message from Gov. Henry McMaster as he discusses the new Minority and Small Business and Nonprofit Grant Relief programs.

The state of South Carolina has retained Guidehouse, Inc. to build and operationalize the SC CARES Grant Management Program which is a statewide recovery program for the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF). The SC CARES Grant Management Program serves as the mechanism by which public and private entities may submit requests for reimbursements for eligible COVID-19-related expenses.

Minority and Small Business Relief Grant Program

Provides grants to minority and small businesses to reimburse qualifying expenditures for providing services or revenue loss due to COVID-19. 

Grant Awards: Will range from $2,500 to $25,000

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Employ 25 or fewer employees
  • Physically located in South Carolina
  • In operation from September 13, 2019, to present
  • Can demonstrate a financial or operational impact due to COVID-19

Application Window: October 19, 2020 – November 1, 2020

Application: Click here for the application.

Application Process Tools:

Application Assistance:

  • SC CARES Call Center: A knowledgeable and friendly staff is available to guide people through the process. Applicants can call 803-670-5170 between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Applicants can also email questions to SCCares@admin.sc.gov.
  • Applicants can also reach out to collaborating organizations who can help with filling out the application. View the Relief Grant Programs Assistance Contacts

Applicant Agreement:

Nonprofit Relief Grant Program

Provides grants to nonprofit organizations to reimburse qualifying expenditures for providing services or revenue loss due to COVID-19.

Grant Awards: Will range from $2,500 to $50,000

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Designated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by the Internal Revenue Service
  • Registered as a public charity with the South Carolina Secretary of State
  • Physically located and providing services in South Carolina
  • In operation from September 13, 2019, to present
  • Can demonstrate a financial or operational impact due to COVID-19

Application Window: October 19, 2020 – November 1, 2020

Application: Click here for the application.

Application Process Tools:

Application Assistance:

  • SC CARES Call Center: A knowledgeable and friendly staff is available to guide people through the process. Applicants can call 803-670-5170 between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Applicants can also email questions to SCCares@admin.sc.gov.
  • Applicants can also reach out to collaborating organizations who can help with filling out the application. View the Relief Grant Programs Assistance Contacts

Applicant Agreement:

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