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

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Horry Telephone Cooperative, Inc. received a United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development grant of $9,833,035.00. This Rural Development investment will be used to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network in rural South Carolina, specifically Marion and Georgetown Counties. The funded service area includes 2,889 households, 7,636 people, 11 educational facilities, 3 essential community facilities, 41 farms and 80 businesses spread over 184 square miles.

“The ReConnect grant application process was a true team effort. If not for the support of our entire community, including Congressman Rice and his staff, we would have not reached this milestone,” said HTC CEO Mike Hagg.

Awards

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

  • USDA Rural Development approved a grant of $97,385.00 for Mary’s Home Care Service, Inc (Hemingway).This investment will be used to purchase a seven-passenger van and install a new generator. Mary’s Home Care Services, Inc. will be utilizing the van to transport clients to rural health clinics and to offer support for other non-profit organizations that provide access to education and mentoring for rural entrepreneurs. It is anticipated that three small businesses and two non-profit organizations will benefit from this investment. 
  • The Town of Andrews received a USDA Rural Development grant of $475,000.00. This investment will be used to purchase 18 vehicles and maintenance equipment for the patrol and public works departments. The vehicles and equipment will include several police cars, a service truck, mini excavator, utility van, zero turn mower, and equipment trailers. 
  • USDA Rural Development approved a loan of $4,911,800.00 for Marco Rural Water Co., Inc (Marion). This investment will be used to construct a backup elevated water storage tank, backup water supply well and a backup water treatment facility in Marco’s water system. 
  • Horry Telephone Cooperative, Inc received a grant of $9,833,035.00 from the USDA Rural Development. This investment will be used to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network throughout rural areas of Marion and Georgetown Counties. 
  • USDA Rural Development approved a loan guarantee of $872,250.00 for OM 2020, LLC (Hemingway). This investment will be used to purchase a gas station with a convenience store and will save 12 existing jobs. 
  • USDA Rural Development approved a loan guarantee of $25,000,000.00 for Fiber Industries, LLC (Darlington). This investment will assist rural businesses and agricultural producers in meeting its working capital needs in response to the economic impacts of the coronavirus pursuant to the CARES Act. Fiber Industries, LLC operates a textile production facility in Darlington, S.C. and has experienced interruptions in operations due to the COVID-19. This investment will save 229 existing jobs. 
  • 235 Holdings, LLC (Conway) received a USDA Rural Development grant of $20,000.00 under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Loans and Grants program. This investment will be used to help purchase and install HVAC units at their medical building. 
  • Helms Farms, LLC (Cheraw) received a USDA Rural Development grant of $20,000.00 under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Loans and Grants program. This investment will be used to help Helms Farms, LLC purchase and install a 115.5 kilowatt solar array. 
  • Coastal Carolina University (Conway) received an award of $258,344.00 from the National Science Foundation. This funding will support the project, entitled “NSF-BSF: The biomechanics of long-distance flight in large beetles: Do smaller individuals fly better?” 
  • Coker College (Hartsville) received $1,349,732.00 from the National Science Foundation to fund the project, entitled “The Pee Dee Scholars: Forging STEM Transfer Success in the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina.”
  • The South Carolina State Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services received a grant of $850,000.00 to Prevent Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 
  • The South Carolina State Department of Mental Health received $2,752,918.00 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration under the System of Care Expansion and Sustainability Grants. This program seeks to improve the mental health outcomes for children and youth, birth through age 21, with serious emotional disturbances, and their families. 
  • The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles $240,581.00 under the Highway Use Tax Evasion Program
  • The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded Marion County a $1,500,00.00 grant for runway rehabilitation. 
  • The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the South Carolina Emergency Management Division with $415,484.00 under the PHMSA 2021 Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grant
  • Little River Medical Center, Inc. received $200,000.00 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Health Center Program Service Expansion School Board Service Sites (SBSS)
  • Careteam Plus, Inc (Conway) received $825,375.00 under the American Rescue Plan Act Funding for Look-Alikes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 
  • Darlington County Community Action Agency received $90,291.00 under the Head Start Emergency Supplemental from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the following organizations funding under the Health Center Infrastructure Support Program
    • HopeHealth, Inc., $1,048,746.00
    • Care South Carolina, Inc., $924,941.00
    • Health Care Partners of South Carolina, Inc., $624,322.00
    • Little River Medical Center, Inc., $892,601.00 
  • Northeastern Technical College (Cheraw) received a grant of $30,000.00 from the U.S. Department of Education under the Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program. This program provides grants to eligible institutions of higher education to support the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education through the provision of campus-based childcare services. 
  • Florence-Darlington Technical College received a grant of $599,564.00 from the U.S. Department of Education under the FY21 Predominantly Black Institutions program.
  • The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office received a grant of $2,467,786.00 under the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women FY21 STOP (Services, Training, officers, Prosecutors) Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program.
  • The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control received a grant of $497,390.00 under the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Woman FY21 Sexual Assault Services Formula Program.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women awarded the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault with $270,782.00 under the FY21 State and Territory Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalitions Program
  • The U.S. Department of Justice awarded the South Carolina Department of Public Safety with $3,507,414.00 under the FY21 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant – State Solicitation.
  • The South Carolina Commission on Prosecution Coordination received $41,474.00 under the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance FY21 John R. Justice Program.
  • The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division received $438,641.00 under the U.S. Department of Justice, FY21 NICS Act Record Improvement Program.
  • The South Carolina Department of Public Safety received $68,512.00 under the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance FY21 Prison Rape Elimination Act Funds.
  • The South Carolina Department of Public Safety received $465,976.00 under the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance FY21 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program.
  • Shoreline Behavioral Health Services (Conway) received FY21 funding of $300,000.00 under the Strategic Prevention Framework – Partnerships for Success from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 
  • The Florence County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse received FY21 funding of $524,000.00 under the Pregnant and Postpartum Woman (PPW) program from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  
  • The United States Treasury awarded SPC Credit Union (Hartsville) with $125,000.00 under the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund
  • The following municipalities received Community Development Block Grant-Mitigation funding from the South Carolina Office of Resilience:  
    • Town of Cheraw, $65,812.50, Stormwater Master Plan
    • Dillon County, $25,000.00, Stormwater Study
    • City of Dillon, $60,000.00, Stormwater Management Plan
    • Francis Marion, $175,000.00, Critical Infrastructure Improvements
    • Town of Pamplico, ≤ $500,000.00, Stormwater Study
    • City of Conway, ≤ $305,000.000, Stormwater Master Plan
    • City of Florence, ≤ $250,000.000, Stormwater Master Plan. 
  • Coastal Carolina University (Conway) received an award of $10,000.00 from South Carolina Humanities. This award will help sponsor a series of programs featuring dialogue about the persecution of African American and Jewish communities. The project is titled, “Children of our Time: African American and Jewish Lamentations and Longings.”