Virtual Workshop, Neighborhood Matching Grants

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(Columbia, SC) – Residents interested in how Richland County can help fund initiatives in their community can sign up for an upcoming workshop or training session to learn more.

The County’s Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP) will hold the virtual workshop and one-on-one phone training to discuss Neighborhood Matching Grants, awarded annually to projects that either physically improve their communities or help strengthen neighborhood organizations.

Such organizations can receive up to $1,500 through the grant program.

The virtual workshop to help neighborhoods prepare for the upcoming grant cycle is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 via Zoom.

Grant training will also be held via one-on-one phone calls with staff upon request. The sessions can be scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays in January or from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays in January.

To register for the virtual workshop or set up a training session, contact Neighborhood Coordinator Essence Holmes at 803-576-2194 or

What Types of Projects Are Eligible?

Grant projects must provide a public benefit to the neighborhood and its residents, involve residents directly in all phases and be achievable by June following the award year.

Examples of eligible projects include neighborhood entrance signs, community festivals, after-school tutoring programs, community gardens and streetlight installation. For a more complete list of projects, visit Richland County’s webpage on Neighborhood Matching Grants.

Neighborhoods must provide a dollar-for-dollar match for the amount of funding requested. Matches may be in the form of volunteer hours, cash or in-kind donations or services.

For more information, visit and search for “Neighborhood Matching Grants.”

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