These programs are currently inactive, but status could change pending funding allocations.
Healthy Insights launched a tool in January 2016 that harnesses "big data" to identify communities that are most in need of healthy lifestyle resources. The tool was made possible by a partnership between the MITRE Corporation and SCACED, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
SCACED hosted four regional community workshops in 2016 to spread the word about Healthy Insights and inspire healthy lifestyle innovations in underserved communities. At these workshops, local leaders and community members learned how to use the Healthy Insights data tool, offered feedback about socioeconomic and health conditions in their area, and brainstormed potential projects to improve the health of their communities. A total of 135 people attended the workshops, and SCACED maintained contact with 30+ organizations interested in future involvement with the Healthy Insights Initiative.
Healthy Insights Grant Program
SCACED introduced a Healthy Insights Grant Program in September 2016, and we were thrilled by the community response.
$100,000Total Funds Awarded
The MicroBusiness Program is made possible through our partnership with the SC Department of Commerce. The program launched in 2014 to ensure that South Carolina’s smallest businesses have the capacity to create jobs, build skills and enhance the self-sufficiency of low-income households.
MicroBusinesses are defined as businesses that require $25,000 or less in start-up capital and have five or fewer employees. 92% of all U.S. businesses are microbusinesses.
The MicroBusiness Program will provide capital to microentrepreneurs in underserved areas of the state through a competitive grant program and deliver development services to help establish or expand microbusinesses. This program is the first of its kind in South Carolina and will help foster the development of a permanent, statewide infrastructure of microloan delivery organizations to support the microbusinesses and small business sectors in the state.
2016 Program Impact
$36,760Loan Capital Deployed
5Businesses Created or Expanded
39Jobs Created or Sustained
418Hours of Technical Assistance Provided to Entrepreneurs
SC Energy Saves
SC Energy Saves was made possible through a grant from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. Its purpose is to expand residential energy efficiency among underserved communities across the state, and the impact is two-fold… Low to moderate income families benefit from reduced energy costs, and new jobs are created through a community-based energy efficiency retrofit strategy.
Objectives of SC Energy Saves
Increase visibility for energy efficiency strategies and the community economic development industry in South Carolina.
Engage new allies and strengthen existing relationships to increase scope, scale, and impact of community-based economic development work in South Carolina relating to energy efficiency retrofit strategies.
Advocate for state policies that would provide capital (micro-loans and forgivable loans) to small businesses and non-profits entering into energy efficiency and green enterprises.
Expand institutional resources from regional and national funders to support and finance energy efficiency retrofit strategies in South Carolina.
2016 Program Impact1. SCACED coordinated two educational workshops where over 100 individuals gained valuable information on existing energy efficiency and solar programs in their area.
2. SCACED worked in conjunction with the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Partnership for Southern Equity to co-author "Solar for All," a best-practices guide to help SC utilities make solar accessible to everyone.
3. SCACED members and partners learned about the Distributed Energy Resource (DER) programs created as a result of Act 236 and the associated incentives and benefits.
4. SCACED has and continues to connect CED groups with investor-owned utilities and forthcoming opportunities in residential solar and community and shared solar project development.
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