Through the SBDC you are able to receive no-fee assistance applying for a new SC CARES Act relief grant. The South Carolina Department of Administration is implementing a new SC CARES Act Relief Grant Program that will award grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 to compensate small and minority-owned businesses for expenses or revenue lost this year. To qualify, businesses must currently employ 25 or fewer employees, be physically located in South Carolina, have been in operation since Sept. 13, 2019, and have experienced a negative business impact due to COVID-19. We are ready and available to assist you with preparing and submitting applications as well as combating other challenges as you recover, rebuild and sustain your operations.
The online application process begins on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 and applications must be received no later than Nov. 1, 2020. To access the online application, visit https://accelerate.sc.gov/cares-act/applying-sc-cares-act-funds. During the application process, if a business needs assistance or has questions, they may contact the SC CARES Call Center 803.670.5170 or SCCares@admin.sc.gov. The call center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You can reach out with any questions to Jim Johnson, SC SBDC, at email@example.com.
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)
HOW CAN NONPROFITS USE THE GRANT FUNDS?
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