Small Business Academy to be held on November 27 at Barnwell Library

The Blackville Community Development Corporation has partnered with the Southern Palmetto Regional Chamber of Commerce and Auxiliuim Development Group to sponsor a Barnwell County Small Business Academy on Nov. 27 at the Barnwell County Public Library (40 Burr Street, Barnwell). A session on Managing Your Money For Success will be held from 5:30 to 7pm while one on one Business Growth Through Increased Revenues will be held from 7:15 to 8:30pm. To Register, Contact or (803) 284-0735.

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Bamberg Upcoming Event Calendar

The Smithsonian Exhibit

Crossroads: Changes in Rural America

October 27, 2018  to December 9, 2018

Voorhees College Potts Library, Denmark, SC

Exhibit Hours:         Monday  1p.m. to 5p.m

Tuesday – Thursday 1p.m. – 6p.m.

Friday 1p.m. to 5p.m.

Saturday 10a.m. – 4p.m. – Sunday by appointment only

Contact: Richard Reid (803) 780-1225    or


Black Friday – Blackwater Paddle Trip

Friday, November 23, 2018 – 9:30 A.M. – Launch Site – Holman’s Bridge

Take Out Landing – Paddler’s Choice

Claudes Landing 4.5 miles or Ness Landing 7.5 miles

Free Shuttle – Donations accepted ($10 a year recommended)

Bring your own boat & gear (a life jacket & whistle are required by law)

*To rent a boat & gear Contact Earl Johnston at Edisto River Adventures*

( or (843)695-8146 or (843)560-3400)

For additional Info or to reserve a spot contact the Chamber at: or call (803)245-4427 or Jerry Bell (803)300-1972

Sponsored by: Bamberg County Chamber of Commerce


Bamberg County First Steps Community Yard Sale

Saturday, December 1, 2018 (8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.)

Enterprise Bank – 2990 Main Hwy. Bamberg

Reserve Your Spot – Yard Sale Spaces $10 / Tables $5

Sale Items may be donated at the First Steps Office until November 26th

For more information contact:

Erica Smith or Pauletta Plowden (803)245-6513 or (803)245-6663


Bamberg Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 1, 2018 – 10:00 a.m.


Veterans Park Monument Dedication

Saturday, December 1, 2018 – 11:30 a.m.

Corner of Main Hwy (U.S. Hwy 301/601) & Heritage Hwy (U.S. Hwy 78)


Denmark Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 1, 2018 – 1:00 p.m.


Govan Christmas Dinner

Saturday, December 1, 2018 – 6:00 p.m. – Govan Fire Department


Ehrhardt Christmas Parade

Sunday, December 2, 2018 – 5:30 p.m. – Theme: “Silver Bells”

Entries need to be at H&S Stock Yard by 5:00 p.m.


Bamberg County Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Sunday, December 2, 2018 6:00 pm

Bamberg County Courthouse

Featuring: Thankful Baptist Church

Bring a lawn chair or blanket

Sponsored by: Bamberg County Chamber of Commerce


Bamberg County Council Meeting

Monday, December 3, 2018 (6:30 p.m.)

Courthouse Annex – 1234 North Street, Bamberg


Drive-Thru Bethlehem

December, 6th-8th (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Edisto Baptist Church – 4831 Edisto River Road, Branchville ( Hwy. 61)

For more information contact Jakie Walters (843) 563-9019


Govan Christmas Tree Lighting

Monday, December 10, 2018 – 7:00 p.m. -Govan Gazebo

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Tool Database Available for Project Assistance

Enterprise Community Investment, Inc has created The Opportunity360 Toolkit that is designed with community activists in mind working on issues around the interplay of housing, transportation, health and economic opportunity. If you are actively engaged in a project trying to impact one of these issues, you can use the database to identify tools that could help advance your work. Tools range from mapping programs, opinion surveys, planning tools, and more. For more information, click here.

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Funding Opportunities Available for Education/Schools, Community, Health, Housing, and Agriculture


AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL LIBRARIANS is offering grants to public school libraries in the communities served by Dollar General. The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund provides grants of up to $20,000 to pre-K-12 public schools whose school library programs have been affected by a natural disaster, fire, or an act of terrorism. Schools that have absorbed a significant number of displaced/evacuee students are also eligible to apply. Deadline: grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Visit the AASL website here to submit an online application.

SAFER BRAND is offering funding to start a school garden with the goals of encouraging children to be active outside and to engage students in learning about nutrition and the environment. Deadline: 12/1/2018. Click here to visit the website for more information about this grant. is offering funding and gardening supplies to schools and community organizations with youth-centered garden programs. Deadline to apply: 12/17/2018. Click here to review application guidelines.

Administration for Children & Families announces Funding to operate Early Head Start programming within a community, leveraging existing local resources to provide a comprehensive array of health, mental health, nutrition, and social services for infants, toddlers, and their families. Application Deadline: Nov 30, 2018. Click here for more information.


USDA Rural Development is seeking applications for its Water & Waste Disposal Technical Assistance and Training Grants. This program helps qualified, private nonprofits provide technical assistance and training to identify and evaluate solutions to water and waste problems; helps applicants prepare applications for water and waste disposal loans/grants; and helps associations improve the operation and maintenance of water and waste facilities in eligible rural areas. The deadline to apply is 12/31/2018. Click here for more information.

The Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program is providing financial support to communities in one or more of their strategic areas of giving. Westinghouse’s Strategic Areas of Giving are STEM, Environmental Sustainability, and Community Safety and Vitality. To be eligible you must be within 50 miles of one their sites (parts of Barnwell and Bamberg are eligible). Proposals are reviewed by the Westinghouse Charitable Giving Advisory Board. For specific strategic areas of giving criteria, proposal requirements, timeline information, application process, and more, go to: Program Details.

USDA accepts applications year-round through it Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program to provide affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings. Maximum grant allowed is $50,000 and match is determined by the Median Household Income of the service. For more information, click here.

The Carolina Panthers Foundation is now accepting applications for grants to support programs that meet the needs of youth and military. Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded. Applications are due by March 1, 2019. Click here for more information.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announces funding through its The Museums for America (MFA) program. This program supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public. Application Deadline: December 14, 2018. Grants can range from $5,000 to $250,000. Click here for more information.

The National Park Service announces funding for Saving America’s Treasure- Preservation program. This grant is to provide preservation and/or conservation assistance to nationally significant historic properties and collections. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and require a dollar-for-dollar, non-Federal match, which can be cash or documented in-kind. These grants are administered by the National Park Service in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Grants can range from $125,000 to $500,000. The deadline to apply is 12/3/2018. Click here to apply.

The Firehouse Public Safety Foundation is accepting applications on a quarterly basis. The Foundation’s areas of interest include the following: Life-Saving Equipment, Disaster Relief, Prevention Education, Support of Members of the Military, and Scholarships and Continuing Education. Public safety organizations, such as fire departments, law enforcement agencies, first responders, EMS organizations, nonprofit organizations, and schools are eligible to apply for this grant. The next application deadline is Nov 29, 2018. Click here for more information.

The Walmart Foundation is accepting grant applications through its Community Grant Program. This program has 8 Areas of Funding listed below. Grants range from $250 to $5,000. The deadline to apply is 12/31/2018. Click here for more information.

  1. Hunger Relief and Healthy Eating
  2. Health and Human Service
  3. Quality of Life
  4. Education:
  5. Community and Economic Development
  6. Diversity and Inclusion
  7. Public Safety
  8. Environmental Sustainability


HRSA is offering funding through its Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health. This Healthy Start program provides grants to high-risk communities with infant mortality rates at least 1.5 times the U.S. national average and high rates of other adverse perinatal outcomes (e.g., low birthweight, preterm birth, maternal morbidity and mortality). HS works to reduce the disparity in health status between the general population and individuals who are members of racial or ethnic minority groups. The deadline to apply is 11/27/2018. Click here for more information about this grant.

HRSA is offering funding through the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP). This program supports eligible hospitals in meeting value-based payment and care goals for their respective organizations, through purchases of hardware, software and training. SHIP also enables small rural hospitals: to become or join accountable care organizations (ACOs); to participate in shared savings programs; and to purchase health information technology (hardware and software), equipment, and/or training to comply with quality improvement activities, such as advancing patient care information, promoting interoperability, and payment bundling. Maximum funding is $12,000 per hospital per year. The deadline to apply is 01/03/2019.  Click here for more information about this program.

HRSA is seeking applications for grants to support Health Center Controlled Networks to advance the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology strategies and to leverage technology to participate in value-based care. Maximum award amounts are based on the number of participating health centers, as listed in the application instructions. Application Deadline: Jan 3, 2019. Click here to apply.

HRSA is offering funding through the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program. The purpose of the Network Planning program is to assist in the development of an integrated health care network, specifically network participants who do not have a history of formal collaborative efforts in order to: (i) achieve efficiencies; (ii) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and (iii) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. A rural health network is defined as an organizational arrangement among at least three separately owned regional or local health care providers that come together to develop strategies for improving health services delivery systems in a community. Health care networks can be an effective strategy to help smaller rural health care providers and health care service organizations align resources and strategies, achieve economies of scale and efficiencies, and address challenges more effectively as a group than as single providers. The deadline to apply is 11/30/2018. For more information on this program, click here.

SAMSHA is seeking applications to its Family Treatment Drug Courts grant program. This opportunity is for eligible applicants that use the family treatment drug court model to provide alcohol and drug treatment for parents with a substance use disorder and/or co-occurring substance use disorder and mental disorders who have had a dependency petition filed against them or are at risk of such filing. Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories. Sponsors: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Application Deadline: Jan 4, 2019. Click here for more information.

The VA Office of Rural Health provides funding, technical assistance, and mentoring for rural VA facilities to implement promising practices and/or enterprise-wide initiatives. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis. Click here for more information.


CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE is offering funding for programs that are designed to strengthen communities and solve local problems, including those found in rural and underserved areas. Funding priorities in 2019 include prescription drug and opioid abuse, education, and public safety. Deadline: Letter of Intent 12/12/2018 (optional); application 1/30/2019. Click here to review program guidelines.

HUD is seeking applications for its Fair Housing Initiative Program (FHIP). FHIP funds are used to increase compliance with the Fair Housing Act. This year, funding is available under three Initiatives: Private Enforcement (PEI), Fair Housing Organization (FHOI) and Education and Outreach (EOI) Initiatives. For FY2018, funding for each initiative is listed under a separate NOFA. Applicants must apply under the correct NOFA to be considered for funding and may apply for funding under each FHIP NOFA and under multiple components. If an applicant applies for funding under multiple initiatives and/or components, a separate application must be submitted for each component for which the applicant applies. Click here to learn more about this program. The deadline to apply for this program is 12/19/2018.


EPA is seeking applicants for Local Food, Local Places (LFLP) technical assistance program. Local Foods, Local Places helps cities and towns across the country protect the environment and human health by engaging with local partners to reinvest in existing neighborhoods as they develop local food systems. In 2017, the program was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), EPA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA).  The Northern Border Regional Commission will join as a sponsor in 2018. The deadline to apply is 10/22/18. Click here for more information.

USDA FNS is offering funding through the Farm to School Grant Program. In this funding cycle USDA anticipates awarding approximately $5 million in grant funding to support efforts that improve access to local foods in schools. Grant funds will be made available on a competitive basis, subject to availability of federal funds. Applicants may apply for a Planning grant, Implementation grant, or Training grant. Planning grant awards will range from $20,000-$50,000 and implementation grant awards will from $50,000-$100,000. Funding for training grants is expected to range from $20,000-$50,000. For all three types of grants, the federal share of a project cannot exceed 75 percent of the total cost of the project, as required by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Therefore, the applicant must provide at least 25 percent of the costs of the total project. The total project cost is the federal grant request amount plus the applicant match. Applications are due by 12/08/2018. Click here for more information.

USDA FNS announces the availability of funds to establish one or more cooperative agreements for FYs 2019-2021 for the purpose of developing a training curriculum, conducting trainings of trainers, and evaluating the results of farm to school trainings for producers to build their capacity to launch or expand farm to school efforts. The selected applicant will conduct a needs assessment, work with FNS staff to develop curricula and disseminate the trainings and resources. Application Deadline: Nov 26, 2018. Click here to apply.


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