More than 30 get grant training in Promise Zone

Patterson explains the grant-writing process to a group at the Lowcountry Council of Governments in Yemassee. Photos by Andy Brack.

APRIL 24, 2017  |  More than 30 people received grant training in classes last week in Bamberg and Yemassee to help give area leaders more confidence and tools to submit more applications for funding.  The classes, taught by South Carolina native Patrick Patterson of Global Partners for Fathers & Families, were funded through a technical training grant to the Center for a Better South by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In the months ahead, the Center for a Better South plans to have more classes to teach nonprofit and entrepreneurial skills to people who live and work in the Promise Zone, a federal designation that benefits persistently challenged counties in the federal grant process.  The next class on May 9 is an Entrepreneurial Boot Camp.  (Note:  This class is full.) Read more

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Two grant-training sessions scheduled for April

One-day, intensive training sessions seek to catalyze requests for funding in region

MARCH 23, 2017  |  The Center for a Better South will offer one-day grant-writing courses on April 20 in Bamberg and April 21 in Yemassee to help organizations improve skills for seeking federal funding available through the S.C. Promise Zone. Read more

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Bamberg to host growth strategy workshop Nov. 14-15


Promise Zone town is one of seven picked nationally for program

16.scpz.newsBamberg residents are invited to a workshop hosted by Smart Growth America on November 14, 2016, as part of a free, USDA Rural Development-funded technical assistance program. This workshop seeks to develop long-term strategies to help Bamberg save on infrastructure costs as the community grows.

Residents are invited to join the workshop’s first day for an introductory presentation on planning for economically and fiscally sustainable communities. The event will be held November 14, 2016, at 5:45 p.m. at the City Civic Center, 2477 Main Highway, Bamberg, S.C. 29003.  Read the agenda. Read more

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Promise Zone town halls to be next week in Bamberg, Walterboro

Officials will outline progress, discuss new training academy

16.scpz.newsLeaders of community organizations and neighborhoods are invited to attend town hall meetings next week in Bamberg and Colleton counties to learn about progress in the S.C. Promise Zone and help to develop a new training program

  • Oct. 3, 5 p.m. — Bamberg County residents are encouraged to attend a one-hour information session  at Bamberg County Council chambers in Bamberg for the Promise Zone update and focus group about training opportunities.  The meeting will end at 6 p.m. to allow for the monthly meeting of Bamberg County Council, which will start at 6:30 p.m.
    • Location:  Council chambers, 2959 Main Highway, Bamberg, S.C.
  • Oct. 4, 4:45 p.m. — Colleton County residents will receive a similar update and be able to participate in a discussion about training opportunities.  The meeting, which will be held in Colleton County Council chambers, will end at 5:45 p.m. to allow for a scheduled meeting of Colleton County Council.
    • Location: Council chambers, 109 Benson St., Walterboro, S.C.

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