New CARES Act grants open to SC small and minority biz, nonprofits


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South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced two new South Carolina CARES Act grant programs have begun accepting applications this week. The programs will provide financial relief to small businesses and nonprofits to those impacted by COVID-19.

The online application process for both the Minority and Small Business Relief Program and Nonprofit Relief Grant Program opened Monday, and will run through Nov. 1.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of South Carolina’s economy, and many small businesses have been financially devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” McMaster said in a press release. “These grants will help keep the doors open at many of our small businesses and will invigorate and accelerate our economic recovery.”

The Minority and Small Business Relief Grant Program grants recipients between $2,500 and $25,000. Minority and small businesses must meet the following criteria to quality:

  • Employ 25 or fewer people
  • Be physically located in South Carolina
  • In operation from Sept. 13, 2019 to present
  • Can demonstrate a financial or operational impact due to COVID-19

The Nonprofit Relief Grant Program reimburses qualified recipients for $2,500 to $50,000. Nonprofits must meet the following criteria to qualify for the grant program:

  • 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

Full details regarding criteria and application processes, as well as the application itself, can be found on AccelerateSC’s website. For help with the application process, contact the SC Cares Call Center at 803-670-5170 or by email at SCCares@admin.sc.gov. 

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