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Richland County Adds Training Sessions for COVID-19 Funding > Columbia Business Report

Richland County is hosting two additional training sessions for organizations interested in applying for federal emergency funding through the American Rescue Plan Act.

The county received $16 million in funding from ARPA to help small businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations impacted by COVID-19 and began accepting applications for funding Sept. 1, according to a press release.

The sessions will be held in County Council Chambers on the second floor of the Richland County Administration Building, 2020 Hampton St. in downtown Columbia and are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 21 and 3 p.m. Thursday, September 22 .

Staff from County Administration and the Office of Budget and Grants Management, as well as representatives from third-party reviewer Grant Thornton Public Sector LLC, will be on hand to discuss eligibility requirements and the application process. application and answer questions, the statement said.

Applicants may apply in up to three of the following categories, with a separate application required for each category: small business; non-profit organizations; manpower training; educational assistance; home repairs for the elderly; combat food insecurity; broadband services in underserved areas; affordable housing; services for homeless people; and youth and recreation services.

Grant Thornton will review all applications to ensure they are eligible for funding. Those who qualify will go before a county committee for review, and funding will be awarded based on competitive criteria for each category.

Eligible organizations can apply for funding online through ZoomGrants through September 30:

For technical assistance with applications, call (803) 576-1355 or (803) 576-5459. For more information, visit

Contact Christina Lee Knauss at 803-753-4327.