40 Grants Awarded to 7th District Recipients

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Rice (R-S.C.) today announced the Quarter 4 Federal Grants awarded in the 7th District. Between October 2021 and December 2021, counties, cities, schools, and organizations in the 7th District received 40 federal grant awards. 

One recipient, The Advantage Academy in Florence 1 Schools, received a grant award from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aircraft Pilots Workforce Development Program. Florence was one of just two public school districts in the country selected to receive this funding.

"The Advantage Academy in Florence 1 Schools is offering flight training as a portion of their aviation program. Aviation programs are not uncommon but flight training in public schools, especially at the high school level, is unheard of. This gives our students the chance to turn a dream of being a pilot into a reality. The goal for our aviation students is that they will graduate with a private pilot's license and have a competitive edge going into an aviation career. Our aviation program directly answers the pilot shortage seen globally and is one of the reasons we were awarded the $339,000 Aviation Workforce Development Grant from the FAA. A huge thanks goes out to Congressman Tom Rice and his staff for supporting our program and helping us build a better workforce for the future,” said Cameron Shepard, FSD1 Business Ed. Coordinator.

Congressman Rice’s office plays a role in the grant process for many of the grants awarded throughout the 7th District. From October to December 2021, the following organizations received federal grants: 

  • Coastal Carolina University received a grant award of $10,000 from the South Carolina Humanities to fund the project titled, “Children of our Time: African American and Jewish Lamentations and Longings.” Project funds will help sponsor a series of programs featuring dialogue about the persecution of African American and Jewish communities. 

 

  • The Town of Nichols received $193,785.54 in Community Disaster Loan Forgiveness from FEMA. 

 

  • Neighbor to Neighbor received two separate grants for the RSVP Program and the Senior Companion Program (SCP) under the AmeriCorps Seniors American Rescue Plan Augmentation Grants. The RSVP grant amount was $74,994, and the SCP grant amount was for $84,423. 

 

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the following organizations under the Head Start Projects:
    • Darlington County Community Action Agency, $1,457,911. 
    • Pee Dee Community Action Partnership, $4,056,790. 
    • Waccamaw Economic Opportunity Council, Inc., $3,530,311. 

 

  • The following municipalities received Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for Community Enrichment and Special Projects
    • City of Bennettsville, Downtown Streetscape Improvements, $750,000. 
    • Town of Cheraw, Fire Truck, $500,000. 
    • Chesterfield County, Cash Fire Department Truck, $500,000. 
    • City of Darlington, Streetscape Improvements, $750,000. 
    • Darlington County, Byrdtown Station #12 Fire Truck, $500,000. 
    • Dillon County, Station #1 Fire Truck, $500,000. 
    • Florence County, Olanta Main Station Fire Truck, $500,000. 
    • City of Marion, Station #10 Fire Truck, $500,000. 
    • City of Mullins, Station #30 Fire Truck, $500,000. 
    • Town of Olanta, Downtown Park, $200,000. 

 

  • The Pee Dee Math, Science and Technology Academy received a grant award of $100,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development Community Facilities Loan and Grant Program. This funding will help the school expand their facilities to include a library, technology room and an arts room. 

 

  • Horry County Government Community Development and the Town of Cherawreceived investments under the USDA Housing Preservation Grant Program. Horry County received $163,418 and the Town of Cheraw received $163,418. This funding will help improve and preserve the availability of safe affordable rental housing for low-income residents. 

 

  • The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division received $300,000 under the SMART FY 2021 Support for Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program. This program is offered by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. 

 

  • The following municipalities received grant awards under the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance FY 21 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. Most of the funds provide for additional law enforcement equipment: 
    • City of Conway, $10,732. 
    • Horry County, $73,585. 
    • Florence County, $40,983. 
    • Dillon County, $12,516. 
    • City of Florence, $35,224. 
    • Georgetown County, $14,328. 
    • City of Myrtle Beach, $38,117.
  • The South Carolina Department of Corrections received $425,000 under the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance FY 21 Safeguarding Correctional Facilities and Public Safety by Addressing Contraband Cellphones Program. Funding will allow for the creation of a Digital Forensics Laboratory that will test, implement, document, and share the results of high-volume processing of confiscated cellphones and produce forensically sound and legally sufficient digital forensic examinations. 

 

  • The City of North Myrtle Beach received $750,000 under the U.S. Department of Justice, FY 21 COPS Hiring Program. This funding will allow for six (6) additional law enforcement officers. 

 

  • The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division received $781,732 under the U.S. Department of Justice, FY 21 Anti-Heroin Task Force Program.

 

  • The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division received $1,990,127 under the U.S. Department of Justice, FY 21 National Criminal History Improvement Program.

 

  • Dillon County School District 4 received $448,392 under the U.S. Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) FY 21 School Violence Prevention Program. This program will help institute safety measures in and around the school, support school violence prevention efforts, provide training to school personnel and students, and implement evidence-based threat assessments.
  • The South Carolina Office of State Treasurer received $1,873, 324 under the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance FY 21 Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court Discretionary Grant Program, SC Veterans Treatment Court Enhancement. 

 

  • The South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon received $1,000,000 under the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance FY 21 Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Reducing Crime by Improving Justice System Performance, South Carolina Justice Data Sharing Initiative.

 

  • The South Carolina Department of Public Safety received $314,916 under the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance FY 21 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program

 

  • The South Carolina Department of Public Safety received $291,186 under the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance FY 21 Project Safe Neighborhood

 

  • The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division received $754,309 under the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance FY 21 DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program, 2021 SLED DNA Capacity Enhancement. 

 

  • The South Carolina Attorney General received $542,327 under the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs FY 2021 Guidance for Invited Applications for Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces, South Carolina ICAC Task Force Program. 

 

The 7th District is always improving thanks to the work and dedication of organizations and individuals in our community. Each quarter, Congressman Rice posts the grants awarded in the 7th District to provide you with an overview of ongoing projects. Click to view all Quarterly Grant Announcements here.

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 Congressman Rice’s office can be helpful to you, please visit https://rice.house.gov/grants.