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Application Process for Two New SC CARES Act Grant Programs Live Now Through November 1, 2020

The South Carolina Department of Administration (Admin) announces two new SC CARES  Act grant programs — the Minority and Small Business Relief Grant Program and the Nonprofit Relief Grant Program. These programs will award grant funds to small and minority businesses and nonprofit organizations to reimburse qualifying expenditures for providing services or for revenue loss due to COVID 19. Admin, working with Guidehouse, a professional grant management services provider, has been  authorized to provide these grants from the Coronavirus Relief Fund pursuant to Act 154 of 2020. 

Grant awards for the Minority and Small Business Grant Program will range from $2,500 to $25,000. To qualify for a grant from the Minority and Small Business Grant Program, a business must employ 25 or fewer  employees, be physically located in South Carolina, be in operation from Oct. 13, 2019, to present, and have  experienced a business impact due to COVID-19.  Click to view Program Overview FAQs | Webinar Calculation Worksheet | Beneficiary Agreement | Entities Offering Assistance with Grant Application Process

Grant awards for the Nonprofit Relief Grant Program will range from $2,500 to $50,000. To qualify for the  Nonprofit Relief Grant Program, an organization must be designated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by  the IRS and registered as a public charity in S.C., be physically located in South Carolina, be in operation from  Oct. 13, 2019, to present, and have experienced a business impact due to COVID-19. Click to view Program Overview FAQs |  Webinar | Calculation WorksheetBeneficiary Agreement |  Entities Offering Assistance with Grant Application Process 

The online application process for both programs is open now. Applications must be received no later than Nov. 1, 2020. To access the online application, visit act/applying-sc-cares-act-funds

During the application process, if a business or nonprofit organization needs assistance or has questions, please contact the SC CARES Call Center (803) 670-5170 or The call center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning Oct. 13. 

Payments from the grant program will be made via ACH transfer. Business owners should register for a state vendor ID number if you do not have one or update your registration if your business information has changed. To register for a vendor ID or update your registration, visit the State's Vendor Registration page. 

En Español- Comunicado De Prensa SC CARES - Programa de Subvención de Ayuda para Negocios Pequeños y Negocios de Grupos Minoritarios


Absentee Voting Available through November 2
Qualified voters can vote by absentee ballot in person or by mail. In person absentee voting begins Monday, October 5, 2020 and ends 5 p.m. on Monday, November 2, 2020. To vote in person, visit your county voter registration office or extension office. 

For more information on absentee voting, visit the SC Election Commission's website on Voting Absentee in the 2020 General Election.


2020 Election Webinar: Are You Ready to Vote?

The SC Commission for Minority Affairs and the SC Election Commission hosted a webinar on voting in South Carolina for the 2020 General Election on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. The session included an overview of the SC Election Commission, voter registration qualifications, absentee voting and COVID-19 safety protocols. Panelists included Mr. Brenton Brown, Director of Public Policy & Community Affairs for the SC Commission for Minority Affairs, and Mr. John Catalano, Outreach Coordinator for the SC Election Commission. CLICK TO VIEW WEBINAR


SCCMA Launches Community Civic Engagement Initiative

The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs (“CMA”) is encouraging communities to become more civically engaged through a new Civic Engagement and Education Academy. The Commission for Minority Affairs will offer a virtual course on civic advocacy beginning August 2020. Individuals, groups and organizations are encouraged to participate in the free program. READ MORE


Submit Your Information to be Included in the Small & Minority Business Directory

The S.C. Commission for Minority Affairs is developing a statewide Minority Business Directory to provide information to users who are interested in doing business with minority-owned businesses. To be included in the directory, complete the Minority Business Directory Questionnaire.


Native American Studies Center Releases Fall Quarterly Newsletter

The University of South Carolina Lancaster's Native American Studies Center quarterly newsletter is out now! In this issue, the center highlights Columbus controversies and their work with the Governor’s School for Science and Math Summer internship program. CLICK TO READ THE NEWSLETTER


Small Business Webinar: Paycheck Protection Program

The S.C. Commission for Minority Affairs and the S.C. Small Business Development Centers (Orangeburg) held a webinar on Wednesday, July 8 for small business owners on available financial COVID-19 relief programs including the Paycheck Protection Program. Facilitators included Brenton Brown, Director of Public Policy & Community Affairs for the commission; Jim Johnson, Region Director at the SC Small Business Development Centers (SCSBDC) and Bernita Platt, business consultant for SCSBDC-Myrtle Beach. To view the full webinar, visit


2020 Community Survey

The S.C. Commission for Minority Affairs is conducting an online survey to better understand the impact of COVID-19 and the recent tornadoes on communities across the state. The survey will track how communities are receiving information related to the COVID-19 pandemic; the impact of COVID-19 on individuals (employment) and small businesses, and the ability to receive financial assistance; the impact of the recent tornadoes (April 13, 2020) in South Carolina; and more. To complete the survey in English, click To complete the survey in Spanish (Español), click


COVID-19 Statewide Working Group for Latinx & Immigrant Communities

The SC Commission for Minority Affairs, SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center, PASOs and Hispanic Alliance formed a statewide working group of individuals, organizations and businesses serving the Latinx and immigrant communities in SC. The purpose of the work group is to coordinate and share information and resources available to families responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The group created a Directory of Service Providers to facilitate the process of finding resources, sharing information and promoting networking. If you, or your organization, are assisting the Latinx/immigrant community, or if you want to start helping, please complete the form! To ensure an accurate database, please complete all information. For more information, contact Ivan Segura at or Louise Popock at


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