A total of $16 million has been set aside by the county.
A total of $15 million is available for non-profit organizations, and $1 million is available for small businesses.
First deadline for applications is September 30th at 11:59 p.m.
Richland County councilmember Gretchen Barron said the review process will start sometime in October, and applicants won’t know if they are approved until at least December 31st.
“We know that people need these funds. We know that there’s a crisis going on within our community, but just be patient with us in the process because we know once you’re awarded those funds, you’re going to be able to do great things to impact our community, and that’s what it’s all about,” said Barron. “There were guidelines that they had put in place that we had to adhere to, so now we’re passing those guidelines back to anyone who will apply.”
For anyone confused about the process or in need of a guide, a workshop will be held September 12th at 6 p.m.
Depending on how much money is left over, Richland County council members mentioned there may be other opportunities.