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Organizations that provide community programs and services will soon be able to apply for financial support through a Richland County grant program.

On Tuesday, Richland County Council voted to make $300,000 in community impact grants available. The measure is part of an overall effort to encourage organizations and agencies to provide innovative and needed services that improve the quality of life for county residents, according to a news release.

Organizations can apply for up to $15,000 for a single year of funding or up to $30,000 over three years.

“The Community Impact Grants program is designed to use scarce public resources in the most efficient and responsible way to meet a wide range of local community needs such as arts and culture, social services and health, education and recreation,” said Abhijit Deshpande, County Executive. budget management.

Proposed projects must be a service-type activity outlined in the program’s mission and long-range plans, an activity that provides opportunities for underserved populations in the county, or an activity that provides solutions to solve or prevent individual problems , family or community.

“Council and county staff see the important work nonprofits do in our community and the impact these efforts have on our residents every day,” said District 10 Councilor Cheryl English. “Funding from these grants will help these organizations expand their presence in the community, undertaking creative projects that will help them reach even more residents.”

The county’s Community Impact Grants Committee will review applications and evaluate projects.

Eligible organizations can apply online for funding starting today via Zoomgrant at The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on November 23.

For technical assistance with applications, contact Matiah Pough, Richland County Grants Manager, at (803) 576-5459 or [email protected]

Contact Christina Lee Knauss at 803-753-4327.