Story below. Workshop participants include, from left: Pamela Davis, Barnwell Parks and Rec; Phillip Ford, Regional Medical Center, Orangeburg; Tim Hicks, Barnwell School District 45; Michele Cardwell, USDA State Office – Columbia; Sheena Solomon, Hampton School District 2; Johnny Davis, Jasper County Parks and Rec; Danny Lucas, Estill Town Administrator; Mallory Biering, Keep Bamberg Beautiful; mDevona Youmans, Hampton School District 2; Brittany Barnwell, Bamberg County Emergency Services; Rebecca Owens, Hampton County; Kathy Tharin, Allendale PZ Action Team; Erica Salley, USDA State Office – Columbia; Russell Wells, Jasper County Emergency Services; Michelle Strickland, Walterboro Tourism Director; Pam Nobles, Barnwell, SCA; and Donald Dodd, Jasper County Fire & Rescue. (HIGH-RES PHOTO DOWNLOAD)
Four-day program prepares Promise Zone partners on how to seek funding
JAN. 8, 2017 – Seventeen Promise Zone representatives recently completed an intensive, four-day Grant Writing Certification Program offered by SouthernCarolina Alliance to give them better tools to seek grants and take advantage of opportunities offered by the Promise Zone designation.
“We have heard some frustrations from our partners, supporters and the general public on how hard it is to find relevant grant opportunities, conduct appropriate research, write compelling applications and win grant money that’s available,” said Promise Zone Coordinator Dean Van Pelt. “Based on input from several focus groups, the Promise Zone’s lead organizer, SouthernCarolina Alliance, contracted with the University of South Carolina to offer a four-day grant-writing program to improve the skill sets of our partners and supporters so we can write more and better applications, which we hope will lead to more funding to help people in our six-county region.” Read more →
APRIL 30, 2015 | The six counties in the SouthernCarolina Regional Development Alliance became the second rural area in the United States to be designated a Promise Zone by the federal government.
Promise Zones are high poverty communities where the federal government partners with local leaders to increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, leverage private investment, reduce violent crime, enhance public health and address other priorities identified by the community.
APRIL 29, 2015 | Bamberg County is one of several counties in the South Carolina Low Country expected to benefit from designation as a federal Promise Zone.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tim Vilsack and Julian Castro, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, on Tuesday announced eight new Promise Zones, including six cities, one rural area and one tribal community.
Promise Zones are high-poverty communities where the federal government partners with local leaders to increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, leverage private investment, reduce violent crime, enhance public health and address other priorities identified by the community.
APRIL 29, 2015 | The 90,000 residents who live in selected portions of Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties have been chosen for a federal program that is expected to add jobs, investment and grant funding to the area.
With a poverty rate of 28.12% and an unemployment rate of 14.7%, the six counties west of the Charleston area were designated earlier this week as the S.C. Promise Zone (.pdf), according to a news release.
The Promise Zone initiative, laid out by President Barack Obama in his 2013 State of the Union address, focuses on creating jobs, leveraging private investment, increasing economic activity, expanding educational opportunities and reducing violent crime in high-poverty counties, according to the news release.