SC Commerce Certification Program

SCACED has partnered with the SC Department of Commerce to help organizations who want to earn their CDC or CDFI designation. We currently manage the certification of 23 CDCs and CDFIs that are active in all 46 counties in the state. Note: It is not a requirement to be a SCACED member to become a certified organization.

Benefits of Certification

Certified CDCs and CDFIs are eligible for grant funding through the CED Fund and for donations and investments through the CD Tax Credit program.

SC Commerce Certification Program

Certification Process

Continuing Education

We accept new applicants on a rolling, annual basis. Certification is non-competitive, but it involves a three-phased review of the applicant’s organization capacity and ability to execute economic development projects and programs…

  1. Internal review

  2. Site visit

  3. Final Determination by the SC Department of Commerce

Please reference the application guidelines listed below to learn more about this process…

SCACED is authorized to award continuing education credits to CDCs and CDFIs. CDI training sessions qualify as continuing education.

Learn more about the Continuing Education Point System.

CDC Application Forms

CDFI Application Forms

CDC Certification Application Guidelines

CDC Recertification Application Guidelines

CDFI Certification Application Guidelines
(orgs with US Treasury certification)

CDFI Certification Application Guidelines
(orgs without US Treasury certification)

CDFI Recertification Application Guidelines

The SC Department of Commerce Certification applications are currently being updated. Contact Amber at for further information.