Friends,

The 7th District is always improving thanks to the work and dedication of organizations and individuals in our community. Each quarter, I’ll post the grants awarded in the 7th District to provide you with an overview of ongoing projects. Below you can find the recent quarterly updates.

If you are an organization, business or non-profit seeking funds for a specific project, you may be eligible for a federal grant. For more information on federal grants and how my office can be helpful to you, please visit https://rice.house.gov/grants.

Spotlight Award

N2N

Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) received an AmeriCorps Seniors Senior Companionship Program (SCP) grant of $374,775 from the AmeriCorps federal agency to support 67 Senior Companionship volunteers serving in Georgetown, Horry, and Williamsburg Counties. 

“There is a tremendous need in the community to support our seniors who want to age in place. It is an honor to be given this opportunity to use this grant to support our senior population throughout the Waccamaw region. The funding it provides will be a great resource to us in revolutionizing the way we are able to reach those who want to age in place and need that additional support to do so,” said Joe Kunkel, N2N Executive Director.

Over the next three years, an estimated 67 AmeriCorps Seniors SCP volunteers will be recruited. At the end of the three-year grant period, 285 older adults will have reported having increased social ties and perceived social support. 

Awards

My office plays a role in the grant process for many of the grants awarded throughout the 7th District. From April to June 2021, I’ve helped the following organizations receive federal grants: 

  • Darlington County received $1,479,997 from the U.S. Department of Transportation for constructing/extending/improving safety areas. 
  • Georgetown County received $4,379,772 from the U.S. Department of Transportation to rehabilitate their airport runway. 
  • The Myrtle Beach Police Department received a Department of Justice grant for $35,000. This funding will allow the Myrtle Beach Police Department to purchase anti-terrorism barriers to protect pedestrians at events. 
  • USDA Rural Development awarded $15,250 to AAA Transportation Services Inc. This Rural Development investment will be used to assist farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses in developing renewable energy systems, and in making energy-efficiency improvements to its operations. AAA Transportation Services Inc. DBA Lewis Truck Lines is an existing locally owned trucking company. 
  • E4 Carolinas, Inc. received a $1,398,438 investment from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, to support a comprehensive research and planning project to prepare and position the Southeast for advanced nuclear technology leadership. The object will be to position and promote the industry and its communities as a national and global leader in advanced nuclear power generation and plant life extension technologies, making the Southeast a primary economic beneficiary of these technologies’ commercialization. 
  • The Loris Fire Department was awarded a $31,000 grant from the Volunteer Strategic Assistance and Fire Equipment program. This funding will be used to purchase life-saving fire equipment.
  • The State of South Carolina received approximately $19 million under the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Program, as well as $21 million in the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant Program.
  • Under the American Rescue Plan, the State of South Carolina received $155 Million for testing in schools, as well as $47 Million for vaccinations in underserved populations/areas. 
  • The Pee Dee Community Action Partnership received $1,036,169 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Head Start Emergency Supplemental program. 
  • The Darlington County Community Action Agency received $1,169,900 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Head Start Projects program. 
  • Under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Center continuation grant, the following were awarded: 
    • Care South Carolina Inc., $7,926,076
    • Sandhills Medical Foundation, $1,960,894
    • Little River Medical Center, $6,575,876
  • Under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, COVID Head Start Emergency Supplemental, the following were awarded: 
    • Pee Dee Community Action Partnership, $260,639
    • Waccamaw EOC, $193,523 
    • Chesterfield-Marlboro Counties EOC, $141,155 
  • Under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) distributed $904,495 to the South Carolina Humanities council. This funding will support humanities organizations, programs, and professionals at the local level, advancing economic recovery within a cultural sector devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Coastal Carolina University received $662,905.00 from the National Science Foundation. This award will fund the project entitled, “RUI: Development and application of genomic resources for ascidian taxonomy and holobiont evolution.”