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Application Process for Minority and Small Business Relief Grant Program begins Oct. 19 

The South Carolina Department of Administration (Admin) announces the Minority and Small Business Relief Grant Program. This program will award grant funds to small and minority businesses 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

The online application process begins on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. 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.


Ethnic Minority Business Support

The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs Small and Minority Business Division promotes economic self-sufficiency for minorities and their families by providing entrepreneurial education and training, technical assistance, and access to business and financial resources.

What is a Micro-Business?

A micro-business is a small business…

  • with five or fewer employees,
  • requires $35,000 or less in start-up capital,
  • and has limited access to traditional bank loans.

If this is you, the CMA can help.

Our support includes providing:

  1. Entrepreneurial Education and Training
  2. Business Technical Assistance

Micro-businesses are critical for economy, accounting for 86.54% of all SC businesses.

Education and Training

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The CMA offers the NxLevel Small Business Training course, a 12-week program designed to teach entrepreneurs about a variety of topics including business planning, marketing assistance, financial resources, accounting, e-commerce, website development and more.





Technical Assistance

Smiling womanThe CMA seeks to provide existing and startup business owners with Business Management and Technical Assistance via subsidized consulting services designed to promote business growth.