Society Hill gets grant for work on its 1822 Library
The Municipal Association of South Carolina has awarded the town of Society Hill a $25,000 grant for rehabilitation and preservation work on its 1822 Library, one of the oldest surviving public lending libraries in the state. It is one of 12 cities and towns, ranging in population from 348 to 12,528, that have received a Hometown Economic Development Grant from the Municipal Association. The grants support economic development projects that will make a positive impact on the quality of life in their communities. The grant program also promotes and recognizes innovation in economic development practices. Beaufort, Cayce, Donalds, Georgetown, Greeleyville, Honea Path, Moncks Corner, Pacolet, Pelion, Seabrook Island, Society Hill and Westminster are this year’s grant recipients. Each municipality will receive up to $25,000 to implement projects ranging from community master plans and farmer’s markets to downtown facade grants and building renovations. The Municipal Association board of directors created the program in 2016 to fund projects that will produce measurable results, that can be maintained over time and illustrate best practices that can be replicated in other cities. Nearly 70 cities have received grants since the program began. Cities and towns receiving the grants must provide matching funds. Matching amounts, determined by a city’s population, range from 5 to 15 percent of the grant award. Cities can use in-kind contributions or other grant funds as their match. Fifty-two municipalities applied for the grants. An awards committee of former and current local government and state agency professionals evaluated the grant applications. After cities and towns receive a grant, they must submit reports about the progress and successes of each grant-funded project, and provide financial details of how they used the grant funds.