About the South Carolina State CDBG Program

April 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act

On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which contains Title VIII also known as the Fair Housing Act.

50 years later, HUD continues to celebrate April as Fair Housing Month in commemoration of this event. The Fair Housing Act guarantees: “the right of every person to live where they choose, regardless of their race, color, national origin, sex, religion, familial status, or disability.”  HUD encourages everyone to get involved in their communities, to help eliminate disparities in access to housing and all other community assets, and to help protect and promote the ideal that “doors of opportunity should be open to everyone.”

During April 2018, the State CDBG Program encourages every community to take time to focus on fair housing issues and to consider meaningful ways to improve access to opportunity for everyone. And we ask all current CDBG recipients to plan activities to carry out your community’s Fair Housing obligations this month.

HUD, the National Association of Realtors and the National Fair Housing Alliance have all launched campaigns to commemorate 50 Years. You will find lots of new resources and links to these sites on our Resources page. Click here to go to the resources page.


State CDBG Program

The State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is administered by the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Division of Grants Administration. The program addresses a variety of community and economic development needs in areas of the state that do not receive CDBG funds directly from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Those areas, generally the state's larger urban counties and metropolitan areas, are not eligible to receive SC State CDBG funds because their get their own annual appropration from HUD.

State CDBG grants are made to to eligible units of local government, under programs of funding which include competitive community development programs, as well as regional planning and economic development. Funded projects are expected to create measurable results, must help achieve the objectives outlined in the State’s Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development, and must address one of three priority needs:

  • Availability and sustainability of a suitable living environment
  • Availability, affordability and sustainability of decent housing
  • Availability and sustainability of economic opportunity

Programs and Application Guidelines

Programs and funding categories are established at the beginning of each year and are described in the Annual Action Plan, CDBG Program Description and CDBG Application Guidelines. Eligible project types, along with specific requirements for applicants and projects, are included in the Program Description.

SC CDBG-DR Disaster Recovery Program

Information on this new program can be found on the SC Department of Commerce website. Click here.