The Richland County Office of Community Development was created in 2002 to administer Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Grant funding. These funds are allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and primarily benefit the low- and moderate-income population of the unincorporated areas of Richland County. (Low and moderate income is defined as a family household income at or below 80 percent of median area income.) Click here for HUD income guidelines information.
Richland County Community Development (RCCD) is committed to improving the quality of life for all citizens. Our mission is to transform lives in partnership with the Richland County community through housing, education and revitalization to make a difference, one household at a time. We assist residents as well as organizations who support residents with:
- Homeowner Assistance
- Financial Empowerment
- Neighborhood Revitalization
Richland County Homeowner Assistance Program (RCHAP): CLICK HERE to learn more about our Richland County Homeowner Assistance Program (RCHAP), a down payment assistance program. Days and times to turn in your applications are Mondays and Fridays, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 2020 Hampton St. Suite 3063B.
Operation One Touch: CLICK HERE
Community Development Block Grants: Richland County’s CDBG allocations fund projects only in the unincorporated areas of the County. Incorporated towns and cities (Forest Acres, Arcadia Lakes, the Town of Blythewood, the Town of Irmo and the Town of Eastover) may be eligible to receive similar funding from the State of South Carolina Community Development Block Grant Program. Residents living in the City of Columbia must contact the City's Community Development Office at 803-545-3373.
Upcoming Workshops for CDBG Funds:
The Richland County Community Development Office is holding virtual workshops for potential applicants for its FY2021 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Services grant awards. There will be two opportunities to attend one of the mandatory workshops. Workshops will be held virtually on Wednesday, October 27th at 3pm and Friday, October 29th at 10am.
The CDBG regulations allow the use of these grant funds for a wide range of public services activities in the unincorporated areas of Richland County or that serve residents of the unincorporated areas of Richland County. The CDBG regulations allow the use of grant funds for a wide range of public services, including, but not limited to public safety, child care, health services, education programs, energy conservation, services for homeless persons, etc.
Funding will be for a one year period, January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022. Available Richland County CDBG public services funding is currently $250,571 and is for reimbursable expenses. There will be a 25% match requirement. The CDBG FY21 Public Services Application will go live on Wednesday, October 27th and must be submitted by 5pm on Sunday, November 14th for consideration.
The two grant application workshops will be held virtually via Zoom. Participants must register online prior to the workshop they wish to attend. If more than one individual from an organization will be in attendance, each individual must register for the workshop separately. The workshop is free and is expected to take less than one hour. Participants are asked to review the County CDBG Public Services Guidelines which will be posted on the County Community Development Website prior to the workshops.
Register for the Wednesday, Oct 27th 3pm workshop here:https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcudu6hqjMvGt1h6oF-gnrCdR9AHF1pEfZm
Register for the Friday, Oct 29th 10am workshop here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvcu2ppjMpHtfZ9I7k-k0wjjEeuPc-eEJG
*Please note that an additional Request for Proposals for a separate funding mechanism called Community Development Block Grant CARES (CDBG-CV) will also be released from Richland County in the coming months. CDBG-CV will provide grants to local non-profit organizations and government entities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the spread of COVID-19 and to reimburse them for new or increased Public Service activities they administered as a result of coronavirus from March 2020 through the present. Available Richland County CDBG-CV funding is currently $500,000).
**Please note: Only register for ONE Workshop**
**ATTENDING A WORKSHOP DOES NOT GUARANTEE FUNDING**
***Guidlines for the CDBG Public Services Program can be found HERE.***
Please contact Katie Hagan, Community Development Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Richland County Community Development
Richland County Administration Building
2020 Hampton St., Suite 3063
Columbia, SC 29204
Adrienne Jackson, Housing Project Coordinator, Operation One Touch & RCHAP : 803-576-2089
Katie Welborn Hagan, Community Development Coordinator, CDBG : 803-576-2230
Fax number: 803-576-2052