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Statewide programs and initiatives to help new and existing South Carolina businesses thrive.

Appalachian Council of Governments

Anderson | Cherokee | Greenville | Oconee | Pickens | Spartanburg

A multifaceted service organization for local governments, providing public administration, planning, information systems and technology, grants, workforce development, and services for the elderly population. 


CommunityWorks - Spartanburg Back The Burg Program


The Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with CommunityWorks has established the Bringing Back the Burg Small Business Fund to help businesses impacted by COVID-19.  This loan is designed to financially assist qualifying small businesses in the city and the county through low interest and forgivable loans.  Businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and meet the criteria could be eligible for up to $10,000 with the possibility of 50% of the loan forgiven after the first year.


Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Funding Opportunity Exchange

The U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Funding Opportunity Exchange is a directory of all available energy-related funding opportunities nationwide.

Free Business Training: SC CompTIA IWT Scholarship program

South Carolina employers can apply for their employees to receive a scholarship to enroll in either a 12-week A+ program or 8-week Security+ program offered through CompTIA that includes mentored learning certification preparation package, valued at over $5,000.

  • For Employees of South Carolina Businesses
  • Upskill employees through a scholarship opportunity
  • 16 weeks of access to CompTIA learning management system and 1:1 mentor support
  • Everything employees need to pass the certification examination and earn a CompTIA IT certification

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)


LISC's approach to economic development embraces small business lending and coaching, building capacity for local partners, leadership development and deployment of AmeriCorps members with community organizations across the country.


Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund

DoorDash has partnered with Hello Alice to create the Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund. The fund supports restaurants impacted by natural disasters like fires, floods and hurricanes, and provides relief through $10,000 grants. The fall funding round runs Oct. 3, 2022-Dec. 30, 2022. Applications must be submitted within 12 months of the declared disaster.

This grant is only intended to cover disasters that occur from natural processes of the Earth such as hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. COVID-19 related damages are not eligible.

Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund


Disasters are unpredictable — but critical support shouldn't be. To help restaurants recover in times of critical need, DoorDash has partnered with Hello Alice to create the Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund. The fund supports restaurants impacted by natural disasters like fires, floods and hurricanes, and provides relief through $10,000 grants.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be experiencing hardship due to a state or federally declared natural disaster
  • Must be independently owned
  • Must have a brick and mortar location, with 3 stores or fewer currently operating
  • Must have revenues of $3M or less per location in the last 12 months
  • Must employ 50 people or fewer per store

Richland County Small Businesses - COVID-19 Business Relief Grant


Richland County's Office of Small Business Opportunity (OSBO), in partnership with the County's Community Planning & Development department, will be accepting applications to the CV-19 Small Business Relief Grant program starting at 8:30am on December 1, 2021; applications close June 1, 2022.

If your business is located in Richland County, has 50 or less employees, and experienced shortfalls due to COVID-19 impacts, you can apply for up to $15,000 in reimbursable expenses.  

This grant is available first come, first served, and the application period will remain open until all grant funds have been expended.

For additional information, please contact OSBO at 803-576-1540.


SBA Loan Program


A cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business which provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.


SC Launch


The SC Launch program provides startups with mentoring, access to a network of business experts and funding resources, including grants. This program creates the framework to fuel South Carolina’s innovation economy by helping successfully launch and grow startups.


Small Business Growth Fund

The Small Business Growth Fund provides the capital entrepreneurs need to make their next big move. Each recipient will receive a $5,000 grant, provided by Mastercard, to accelerate their growth and continue to help make 2022 the year of their small business.

Eligible businesses must:

  • Be a for-profit business
  • Have less than $1M in 2021 gross annual revenue
  • Have a commitment to their customers and community
  • Have a clear plan for use of funds