SC Rural Infrastructure Authority Announces Competitive Grants

Notice of Funding Available for FY21 Now more than ever, resources for water, sewer and storm water improvements are needed.
The South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) is pleased to announce the availability of $25 million in competitive grants for the program year that begins July 1, 2020.   The RIA was created for the purpose of assisting qualified infrastructure projects that improve water, wastewater and stormwater drainage facilities to address public health and regulatory standards or build capacity to support economic and employment opportunities. This financial assistance is available to local governments and public utilities statewide.   Funds are being made available through two program categories: Basic Infrastructure and Economic Infrastructure. You can download the application from our website beginning July 8, 2020. You may also request technical assistance to help you determine if you have an eligible project.
Deadlines: September 14, 2020 and March 15, 2021
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SC Victim Assistance Network Launches New Website

For Immediate Release:


Columbia, South Carolina

The South Carolina Victim Assistance Network is excited to announce the official launch of its new Legal Services Program (SCVAN Legal) website. directs victims, service providers, attorneys, and community partners to statewide resources, provides free online training and educational materials, including information specific to the Covid-19 pandemic, facilitates online intakes and technical support requests, and creates space for service providers to connect with each other. SCVAN Executive Director Laura Hudson said, “Online information and access is key for crime victims, particularly during this time of change and uncertainty with the Coronavirus Pandemic.”

The website’s directory contains comprehensive local, statewide, and national resources for ALL South Carolina counties including courts, law enforcement, healthcare, food, transportation, and employment. Through this consolidation of information, SCVAN Legal expedites assistance for victims and streamlines referrals for service providers. The interactive events and news pages make it easy for the victim services community to keep up with the news, latest developments, and training opportunities while inviting them to contribute announcements for their own upcoming events and webinars. “We are thrilled to launch this resource for South Carolina victims and service providers,” said Sarah A. Ford, Legal Director at SCVAN. 

SCVAN Legal provides free legal services to victims of violent crime throughout the entire state, including direct legal representation, free legal consultations, advocacy in and outside of court proceedings, and safety planning. In order to ensure that all crime victims receive access to and assistance with the criminal justice system, we provide free resources and training to law enforcement agencies, victim advocates, community partners, and legal professionals. 

SCVAN welcomes you to the new website and is excited to begin this new chapter in advocacy with you through

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