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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 https://accelerate.sc.gov/cares 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 SCCares@admin.sc.gov. The call center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.
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