Member Survey

Local, regional and national corporations and foundations are looking to SCACED and its members to form strategic and ongoing partnerships within the Community Economic Development (CED) industry which provide innovative and sustainable solutions for low-wealth communities in South Carolina. As such, we often receive inquiries regarding our member organizations’ programs, services and geographic areas.

Access to capital and increasing organizational capacity are benefits of SCACED membership, and we are actively working to foster collaboration between our members and strategic partners. Therefore, we have created a member survey which will help us to more accurately define your work, the services you provide and your geographic area. Our hope is that this will result in more opportunities for you to build sustainable relationships with financial partners.

In order to provide the most accurate data for what categories your organization fits, we ask that all members complete the following survey with your up-to-date organization information. Even better, those who complete the survey will be eligible to win one (1) of two (2) complimentary registrations for the Opportunity SC 2017 Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC, from September 13-15th (a $275 value)*.

Start the Survey
The survey should take no more than 8 minutes.

*Two (2) complimentary registrations are available. Only one (1) entry per active SCACED member organization. Prizes cover only the Opportunity SC 2017 Conference registration. Winners are responsible for both travel to and from the Opportunity SC 2017 Conference and accommodations at the Opportunity SC 2017 Conference. Must complete the Member Program Data Survey and Survey Registration to be eligible. Completed surveys and entries must be submitted no later than Sunday, March 26. Winners will be announce on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Winning prizes have no cash value. Prizes are transferable. Good luck!

Please email if you have any questions. Thank you so much for your participation. Not a SCACED member? Learn more about member benefits.

Small Business Grant Program for Veterans

Small Business Grant Program for Veterans

SCORE Charleston SC has announced the launch of its 2017 veterans’ small business grant program and call for applications. According to Mel Flaming, Chairman of SCORE Charleston SC, they will be distributing a total of $5,000 in grant funds to eligible veterans to help them either launch or continue their small business operations.

The amount of each grant will be determined by a SCORE grant committee.  Each award will be an unrestricted cash grant. In addition, each recipient will receive free QuickBooks training valued at $800 from Pathways Consulting Inc., a full- service accounting and bookkeeping firm serving the Tri-county area.

To be eligible, all prospective nominees must be either a veteran or currently considered on active duty, and have been assigned to a SCORE volunteer mentor for counsel.  The deadline for applications is June 1, 2017. The application can be downloaded online at Or, you may contact Allyn Graham at   
Flaming noted, “Because of an increase in proceeds from our yearly fund-raising golf outing, we will be able to provide these grants to deserving veterans.”  To fund next year’s program, SCORE is already planning its next golf tournament which will be held in October of 2017 at the Charleston National Golf Course in Mount Pleasant. 
SCORE Charleston, SC is the local chapter of a national non-profit organization of volunteer business professionals who provide free and confidential business mentoring, low cost workshops, and various business roundtable support to aspiring and established small business entrepreneurs. The Charleston area chapter has been helping small businesses start and succeed for more than 40 years.

Healthy Insights Grants Awarded

Healthy Insights Grant Program logo

We introduced our Healthy Insights Grant Program last September (view article) and are happy to announce that SCACED has awarded a grant in the each of these South Carolina regions: Lowcountry, Midlands, Pee Dee and the Upstate.

The purpose of the program was to demonstrate how public data sources can be used to guide initiatives that improve the health of and promote healthy lifestyles in South Carolina's communities. Each community is unique, and upfront data analysis helped illustrate how and where funds should be directed to support projects that address the health challenges a particular community faces. Considering this data, SCACED is making strategic investments in the following community health projects...


Fresh Future Farm
“Cooking Up Community Economic Development”

In an effort to fulfill its mission to leverage urban agriculture to create socially just economic development, Fresh Future Farm will partner with the Lowcountry Alliance for Model Communities (LAMC) and others to design and build a mobile DHEC certified kitchen incubator. This incubator, primarily located at FFF’s location in the Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood of North Charleston, will allow FFF to extend the shelf life of its produce and herbs, create and sell value added products, and train area food entrepreneurs to use the kitchen and grow their businesses. They will work with North Charleston and DHEC officials as well as architects to create a kitchen that can be reproduced in any part of the state.


Chester County Literacy Council
“Proper Nutrition 101”

This program will deliver an easy-to-understand nutritional curriculum for the population at large to make real and lasting change. Based on a grassroots initiative with the goal of developing universal nutritional programming, the Nutrition 101 curriculum supplies the catalyst to raise public awareness of the diet-health relationship across diverse literacy levels. Detailing the predisposing, enabling, and reinforcing factors for health and wellness, this initiative will create 100 “lay nutritionists” who gain the skillset to take active roles in their families’ health. Through three cycles of classes with twelve weeks of instruction per cycle, the curriculum fosters a mindset of nutritional knowledge that can maintain any individual for life and not just for a few months.

Pee Dee

A Father’s Place
“Pathways to Health and Employment”

Pathways to Health and Employment will enhance participants’ health, employment readiness and economic stability by strengthening health education and increasing access to health services. The project’s goal is to improve the economic and health conditions of low-income noncustodial fathers in Marion County so they can be employable and contribute financially and emotionally to their children and communities. The project will serve 75 participants in Marion County. Through provision of a health education curriculum, bi-annual health screenings, consultations, and increased access to medical services, participants will improve their knowledge about healthy behaviors, health conditions, and nutrition.


Mill Community Ministries
“Mill Village Market at Greenlink Transit Station”

This project will transform a vacant space within the Greenlink Bus Transit Station in downtown Greenville into a vibrant, educational, and affordable farmer’s market storefront. The new market location will impact the surrounding residents as well as the more than 2,500 riders that pass through the Transit Station every day. Through this market, MCM will be able to reach more at-risk youth with paid employment to serve their community and be empowered with life- and job-skills. The market will also help expand MCM’s produce distribution, which will allow them to expand their agricultural opportunities and create more youth gardening employment opportunities. Finally, this project aims to provide educational outreach on sustainable backyard gardening by building a demonstration garden in the landscaping beds adjacent to the market.

Congratulations to all of our Grant  recipients!

Solar in Your Community Challenge

Solar in Your Community Challenge

The SunShot Initiative has announced the Solar in Your Community Challenge, a new prize competition that aims to improve solar electricity access to underserved communities across the country. 

Offering $5 million in cash prizes and technical assistance (TA) over 18 months, the Challenge encourages communities to work together to create replicable, innovative business and financial models that expand solar to low- and moderate-income households. Because not all Americans own their rooftop, the Challenge aims to spur the development of inclusive solutions—like community solar—to help even more Americans go solar. 

There are a few ways you can participate:

  • Create a team: Work with local businesses, nonprofits, schools, and community leaders to either develop a portfolio of solar projects or create new programs that extend solar access to LMI households and nonprofits.
  • Become an expert: Provide coaching or serve as a subject matter expert to teams as they develop their projects throughout the Challenge. 

Early applications for teams and experts are due January 6th. Team applications include a three-page written application, a short video, and a short public-facing description, that describes your project or program’s impact.  Learn more about how the competition works and apply today

2016 Healthy Insights Grant Program

2016 Healthy Insights Grant Program applications


Important Update on 10/14/16: 

  • The grant application deadline is now 2:00pm on Friday, November 4th.
  • The match funding requirement has been lowered to 1:1, which means:
    • A $25,000 grant would require a minimum match of $25,000.
    • In-kind funding (e.g. staff time, volunteer hours, etc.) is an eligible source for this match requirement.
    • No more than 50% of the total $25,000 match ($12,500) can be satisfied through in-kind sources.
    • Grant partners may contribute resources to the project that count towards in-kind match funding (e.g., staff or volunteer time, event space, etc.)

SCACED's Healthy Insights initiative was launched this year as a joint partnership with MITRE Corporation and is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The goal of the program is to strengthen efforts to combat obesity in South Carolina, and our Healthy Insights tool visualizes population data and community resources to provide insights for public health improvement in South Carolina. Learn more at

We are excited to announce our 2016 Healthy Insights grant program which will provide four grants of up to $25,000 each. The purpose of the program is to demonstrate how public data sources can be used to guide initiatives that improve the health of and promote healthy lifestyles in South Carolina's communities. By coupling data with the location of county and sub-county level community resources, SCACED will make strategic investments in community health projects. Each community is unique, and upfront data analysis will help illustrate how and where funds should be directed to support projects that address the health challenges a particular community faces. Considering this data, SCACED will provide a grant in the each of these South Carolina regions:

  • Lowcountry: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Jasper, and Orangeburg Counties
  • Midlands: Aiken, Calhoun, Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Richland, and Saluda Counties
  • Pee Dee: Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Horry, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, and Williamsburg Counties
  • Upstate: Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Lancaster, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, Union, and York Counties.

The due date for applications has been extended to Friday, November 4, 2016 at 2:00 pm. To learn more about eligible applicants and projects, please reference our 2016 Healthy Insights Grant Application Guidelines.  

We have also created a Healthy Insights Grant Budget worksheet to assist you in calculating your income sources and expenses while applying for the grant.

Several Healthy Insights community workshops are taking place across South Carolina. Attend an event in your area to learn even more about the Healthy Insights initiative. 

For those who are interested in the Healthy Insights data tool, click the following link to access a table which outlines the data sets that are used along with sources and dates for that data... Healthy Insights Data Sources.