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SC CARES Act Relief Grant Programs Important Updates Archive

Posted on January 13, 2021

Available Statistical Data for SC CARES Act Relief Grant Programs

Guidehouse, the state’s grant manager, has provided several data points regarding applicants to both SC CARES Act Relief Grant programs.

The available statistical data for Minority and Small Business Relief Grant applicants include:

  • County level data
  • Minority owned business data
  • Other financial assistance received data
  • Number of employees data

View available statistical data for Minority and Small Business Relief Grant applicants.

The available statistical data for Nonprofit Relief Grant applicants include:

  • County level data
  • Other financial assistance received data

View the available statistical data for Nonprofit Relief Grant applicants.

Other statistical data will be posted as it becomes available.


Posted on December 31, 2020

Notification to Minority and Small Business Relief Grant Program applicants the panel recommended to receive a grant award and who received a successful due diligence review is now complete. In accordance with Act 154, the entire $40 million has been awarded.

To view a list of 2,284 recipients of the Minority and Small Business Relief Grant Program, click here.


Posted on December 31, 2020

Notification to Nonprofit Relief Grant Program applicants the panel recommended to receive a grant award and who received a successful due diligence review is now complete. In accordance with Act 154, the entire $25 million has been awarded.

To view a list of 686 recipients of the Nonprofit Relief Grant Program, click here.

Notifications will continue throughout the day Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, to the recipients of the Minority and Small Business Relief Grant Program. A recipient list will be posted after notifications are complete.

Please note, additional information regarding the recipients of each grant will be made available in early January.

Actual payments will occur through January 2021, based on when applicants received notification and provide payment information to receive funding.

Notification of those not receiving an award will be sent in January 2021.


Posted on December 17, 2020

Review of all applications submitted for the SC CARES Act Relief Grant Programs – the Minority and Small Business Relief Grant Program and the Nonprofit Relief Grant Program – is now in the final stages.

All applicants who have been recommended to receive a grant award will be notified within the next two weeks, no later than Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. Based on when applicants receive notification and provide the appropriate supporting documentation and payment information to receive funding, their actual payments will occur in late December 2020 through January 2021.

Notification of those not receiving an award should be sent between late December 2020 into January 2021.

Process Timeline: The state received more than 11,000 applications for the SC CARES Act Relief Grant Programs. The volume of applications and the necessary review of all submitted documentation as outlined in Act 154 of 2020 helped establish and refine the process timeline.

  • Sept. 25, 2020: Effective date of Act 154, which created the Relief Grant Programs and allocated the designated funding for the programs.
  • Sept. 25-Oct. 18, 2020: Creation of online grant application forms, applicant training materials and associated communications to inform the public of the grants and application window.
  • Oct. 19-Nov. 1, 2020:  SC CARES Act Relief Grant Program application window.
  • Nov. 4, 2020: Announcement of 11,217 applications received, with a total requested amount of $289,277,149. Act 154 allocated $65M for both grant programs – $40 million for the Minority and Small Business Relief Grant Program and $25 million for the Nonprofit Relief Grant Program.
  • November – Early December:  Preliminary validation conducted by the South Carolina Department of Revenue (DOR) and the South Carolina Secretary of State (SoS) of business and nonprofit application information against the agencies’ records.
    • Review panels established by Act 154 met to evaluate applications and recommend grant awards. Panels were provided information from DOR and SoS for evaluation of applications.
    • Admin’s Grants program manager, Guidehouse, canvassed applications received for the existence of supporting documentation required by Act 154.
  • Beginning Early December: Contacting of applicants if additional information and documentation was needed to complete review.
  • Dec. 10, 2020: Nonprofit Panel makes final grant award recommendations.
  • Dec. 15, 2020: Minority and Small Business Panel makes final grant award recommendations.
  • Mid-December: For the applicants the panels recommended, and prior to executing any agreements to award funding, a due diligence review is conducted by Guidehouse, the South Carolina Department of Administration and DOR to include a review for tax delinquencies, necessary licensure, licensure violations, etc.
  • Dec. 18, 2020 – Early January: Notification to be made to all applicants the panels recommended to receive a grant award and who receive a successful due diligence review, no later than Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. Actual payments should occur in late December 2020 through January 2021. Notification of those not receiving an award will be sent late December 2020 into January 2021.

Updated on December 29, 2020 

Below are the approved meeting minutes for SC CARES Act Relief Grant Programs panel meetings.

Minority and Small Business Enterprises Reimbursement Grant Program Evaluation Panel

Nonprofit Entity Reimbursement Grant Program Evaluation Panel


Posted on December 15, 2020 

Review of all 11,217 applications submitted for the SC CARES Act Relief Grant Programs – the Minority and Small Business Relief Grant Program and the Nonprofit Relief Grant Program – is now in the final stages.

Applicants with reviewed and approved applications, which were submitted with all proper documentation, will receive notification and grant funding by the end of the calendar year.

Work is currently underway to reach out to those applicants, who after review of their applications, may need to still need to submit additional documents. Once additional documentation is received and reviewed, notification and grant funding will be made to approved, qualified applicants in January.

Those applicants who are not receiving a grant will be notified a few weeks after all grant funding recipients are notified.


Posted on Nov. 5, 2020 

Gov. Henry McMaster and the South Carolina Department of Administration (Admin) announced Nov. 4, 2020, that 11,217 applications were received for the SC CARES Act grant programs for the Minority and Small Business Relief Grant Program and the Nonprofit Relief Grant Program. These programs award grant funds to small and minority businesses and nonprofit organizations to reimburse qualifying expenditures for providing services or for revenue loss due to COVID-19.

Act 154 of 2020 allocated $40 million for the Minority and Small Business Program, with grant awards ranging from $2,500-$25,000. The total number of application submissions for the Minority and Small Business program was 9,627, with a total requested amount of $213,297,112.30. Act 154 allocated $25 million for the Nonprofit Program, with grant awards ranging from $2,500-$50,000. The total number of application submissions for the Nonprofit program was 1,590 with a total requested amount of $75,980,037.43.

In early December, applicants will receive a notification indicating grant approval and the dollar amount of the grant. Grant awards will be issued to qualifying grant recipients by mid-December.

In accordance with Act 154, applications for the Minority and Small Business Relief Grant Program will be evaluated and awarded by a panel consisting of:

  • The Director of the Commission for Minority Affairs, or her designee;
  • The Secretary of Commerce, or his designee; and
  • The Director of the Department of Revenue, or his designee.

Act 154 further provides that priority must be given to minority businesses, to applicants that did not receive other assistance, such as a Paycheck Protection Program loan or other CARES funds, to businesses with fifteen or fewer employees, and to businesses that demonstrate the greatest financial need. 

Applications for the Nonprofit Relief Grant Program will be evaluated and awarded by a panel consisting of:

  • The Director of the Department of Social Services, or his designee;
  • The Director of the Department of Mental Health, or his designee;
  • The Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs, or her designee;
  • The Director of the Department of Health and Human Services, or his designee;
  • The Director of the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services, or her designee;
  • The Secretary of State, or his designee;
  • The Director of the South Carolina Arts Commission, or his designee;
  • The Director of the Department of Archives and History, or his designee; and
  • The Executive Director of the South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority, or her designee.

For the Nonprofit Relief Grant Program, priority must be given to applicants that did not receive other assistance, such as a Paycheck Protection Program loan or other CARES funds. Then, priority shall be given to applications for expenditures related to food assistance, including prepared meals, rent or mortgage assistance, utilities assistance, mental health counseling, health care services, including access to health care supplies, mental health, and behavioral health, criminal domestic violence and children’s advocacy services, and arts and cultural items or activities. Additionally, the panel will give consideration to the geographic distribution of services provided by the nonprofit organizations, so that grants are awarded on a statewide basis.


Posted on Oct. 30, 2020 

The deadline to apply for the SC CARES Act Relief Grant Programs (Minority and Small Business Relief Grant and Nonprofit Relief Grant) is 11:59 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. On Oct. 29, Tropical Storm Zeta moved through the state causing long-lasting power outages in Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens and Spartanburg counties.

Applicants in the above counties who have registered and begun the application process by 11:59 p.m., Nov.1, 2020, and who were impacted by storm-related power outages and therefore unable to complete the application by the deadline, should call the SC CARES Call Center (803-670-5170).

The SC CARES Call Center will be open on the following days:

  • Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020 (8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.)
  • Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020 (8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.)
  • Weekdays (8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.)

Posted on Oct. 29, 2020 

The SC CARES Call Center will be open this Saturday (10/31) and Sunday (11/1), from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., to answer questions about the application process for the Minority and Small Business Relief Grant Program and the Nonprofit Relief Grant Program. Throughout the weekend, applicants can also email questions to SCCares@admin.sc.gov.

The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020.

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.

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