SC CARES – How To Apply For Nonprofit Relief Grants: Together SC Partners with SC Dept of Admin to Assist SC’s Nonprofits

Posted By: Together SC Madeleine McGee in Covid-19 Response


“The SC Department of Administration (Admin) is responsible for implementing the SC CARES Nonprofit Relief Grant Program  as authorized by Act 154 of 2020, will award grant funds to nonprofit organizations to reimburse qualifying expenditures for providing services or for revenue loss due to COVID-19, between March 1, 2020, and December 1, 2020………..”

“Together SC is honored to partner with Admin to assist SC’s nonprofits in receiving the aid they need to effectively serve the people of our state…….”


Nonprofit organizations that meet the following criteria:

  • Must be designated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by the IRS;
  • Must be in operation from September 13, 2019, to present;
  • Must be physically located in South Carolina (must provide address, including street address, city, and county in which they are located and a mailing address for the organization, if different);
  • Must NOT be listed on the Federal debarment list on System for Award Management (SAM) website;
  • Must apply on their own behalf and will not be allowed to utilize a fiscal receiver for this grant;
  • Must be in good standing with the State and provide the following:
    • Nonprofit filed the appropriate 990, 990-EZ, or 990-N; and
    • Nonprofit is registered with the South Carolina Secretary of State, if required (i.e., charitable organization).
    • Current registration letter if registered as a charity; or  Letter of Existence if they are a corporation
  • Up to $25 million in grant funds are available to reimburse qualifying expenditures for providing services or revenue loss due to COVID-19
  • Grant awards will range from $2,500 to $50,000
  • Qualifying expenditures may include:
    • Organizational staffing costs (Ex. payroll and associated employee benefits, temporary and/or contract labor costs)
    • Organizational operating costs (Ex. supplies, raw materials, technology, marketing, communications)
    • Facility costs (Ex. rent, lease, or mortgage payments; equipment leases and purchases; utility costs)
    • Personal Protective Equipment (Ex. protective/sanitation supplies and equipment, installation of protective barriers, temperature detection equipment, disinfecting services)
    • Revenue loss

Grant proceeds may be used for reimbursement of qualifying expenditures incurred or expected to be incurred between March 1, 2020 through December 1, 2020.

  • A qualifying expenditure is an expenditure of funds related to services provided to people in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Qualifying expenditures may also include lost revenue as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Qualifying expenditures do not include any expenditure that qualified the nonprofit entity to receive federal emergency relief funds, including the Paycheck Protection Program (ex. Paycheck Protection Program, etc.).

Grant funds received are not to be used for the same costs covered by:

  • CARES Act funds (i.e. PPP, SBA EIDL, etc.);
  • Other Federal grants or Loans the nonprofit has received as a result of the COVID-19 health emergency;
  • Other local grants in response to the COVID-19 health emergency; or
  • Business interruption insurance payments due to the COVID-19 health emergency.
  • October 19 – Application window opens
  • November 1 – Application deadline
  • November 2 to December 3 – Applications review period.
  • December 8 to December 15 – Grant award notification

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