Southeast Crescent Regional Commission - Economic and Infrastructure Development Grants


The mission of the Commission is to help build sustainable communities and promote economic growth across the Southeast Crescent region, which encompasses some of the highest poverty rates in the United States. The federal-state partnership is comprised of the Federal Co-Chair and the seven Governors of the participating States. From participating states, one Governor is elected as the States Co-Chair. The State Alternates offices are the coordinators for the Governors for SCRC investments. All activities funded by the SCRC must advance the Commissions Five-Year Strategic Plan. Responsibility for the development of plans and programs authorized under the enabling statute is vested in the Commission. Also established by the Commission are general policies and procedures and the allocation of funds among the programs and states. SCRC activities and projects must align with one or more of the six strategic goals identified in the SCRC five-year strategic plan: (1) Invest in Critical Infrastructure; (2) Improve Health and Support Services Access and Outcomes; (3) Strengthen Workforce Capacity; (4) Foster Entrepreneurial and Business Development Activities; (5) Expand Affordable Housing Stock and Access; and (6) Promote Environmental, Conservation, Preservation, and Access. Additional information regarding these goals and associated objectives can be found at

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Southeast Crescent Regional Commission
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
40 U.S.C. 15101-15751
The 2008 Farm Bill, Public Law 110-346, 40 U.S.C. § 15101-15751
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
1.) State governments of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia 2.) Local governments (village, town, city and county) 3.) Other political subdivisions of States (regional planning commissions, authorities of the state) 4.) Indian Tribes; ? 200.1 Federally recognized Indian Tribe - Indian tribe means any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. Chapter 33), which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians (25 U.S.C. 450b(e)). See annually published Bureau of Indian Affairs list of Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Services 5.) Non-profit entities. The term 'nonprofit entity' means any organization described in section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from taxation under 501(a) of that Code. The non-profit entity must be able to demonstrate they have federal grant experience, federally acceptable accounting practices and principles, and organizational capacity related to economic development.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Funds awarded under this listing must benefit individuals and communities located in the SCRC region of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. A complete listing of the regional footprint can be found in the listing and
SCRC funds are only available to participating member states, local governments (towns, cities, counties), non-profit entities, and Native American entities, for projects within the SCRC region, or serving the SCRC region. Eligible entities may not be conduits for private-sector entities. No financial assistance will be authorized to assist relocation from one area of the region to another. SCRC funds cannot be used to "supplant" existing federal streams. SCRC funds may be used to match other federal programs, but all federal funds together shall not exceed 80% of the total cost of any project. The counties (including any political subdivisions located within such area) in which investments can be made, in accordance with 40 U.S.C. ? 15731, can be found in this listing and at
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Information regarding the preapplication process can be found in program announcement. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372, Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants are encouraged to work closely with the State Program Managers, Local Development Districts (LDDs), other organizations and agencies involved in their project for planning and to meet all deadlines. LDDs help SCRC with outreach activities, application development and administering SEID Grant Program funds on behalf of grant recipients. LDDs are knowledgeable about federal and state programs that can fund economic and community development projects. SCRC leverages LDDs to ensure Commission resources are deployed effectively and efficiently, while maintaining the integrity of the SEID Grant Program through quarterly reporting. The Commission will maintain regular communication with LDDs to monitor project performance and settle compliance issues. Qualified administrative work may be reimbursed through a process based on the formula of 4% of the total SCRC grant award. Grant administration costs are eligible under the SEID Grant Program for an amount not to exceed the formula. Applicants are required to submit a pre-application and contact the SCRC State Program Managers of the states directly impacted by the project proposal. State Program Managers will ensure that the project proposal is aligned with SCRC Strategic Goals and State Plan. Applicants with additional questions may submit them to (A list of LDDs and State Program Managers can be found at
Award Procedure
The award procedure and application process for each SCRC program may vary year to year due to timing of appropriations and other legislative circumstances. Application guidelines and other program materials will be posted on
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Not applicable.
More than 180 days. Once a grant is awarded and the project is underway, the applicant may run into obstacles. Such obstacles will be evident in the quarterly reporting. It should be determined by the 2nd quarter of year two (prior to the 18-month mark) if a one year extension should be granted.
How are proposals selected?
Generally, each member State creates a team of reviewers and has access to subject matter experts with specialized knowledge to provide guidance. Final decisions about awards are approved by the Commission, which comprises of the Federal Co-Chair and the Governors' offices of the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission.
How may assistance be used?
The SEID grant program addresses infrastructure needs and priorities, allocating at least 40% of grant funds to public infrastructure projects categorized as basic public, telecommunications and transportation. Grant recipients must maintain ownership/control over all investments made with SCRC funds. Ownership of physical equipment and/or structures may not transfer to any other entity, unless fully depreciated, in which case documentation will be required. Facilities that are owned by a for-profit entity or who will serve to benefit as a pass-through from an eligible entity will NOT be eligible. Basic Public Infrastructure: Basic public infrastructure shall mean construction, alteration or repair, including those services that are generally necessary to conduct business. Public infrastructure are facilities, systems and structures that are owned or available for use by the public to catalyze economic development, and includes core infrastructure (such as water, wastewater and energy), critical infrastructure (such as those required to maintain public health and economic vitality) and community infrastructure (such as those required to improve health outcomes and increase community connectedness). Telecommunications Infrastructure: Telecommunications infrastructure shall mean construction, alteration or repair to accommodate the use of, or connection with, a telecommunications network, including lines, equipment, apparatus, towers, antennas, etc., and/or cyber infrastructure (routing and switching software, operational support systems, etc.) necessary to transmit information from one location to another. Transportation Infrastructure: Transportation infrastructure shall mean construction, alteration or repair, for the purpose of transporting people and goods, including fixed installations and rights of way necessary for transporting from one point to another. This includes infrastructure that improves economic mobility for individuals, and may include roads, railways, airways, waterways, canals and terminals such as airports, railway stations, bus stations, parking, refueling depots (including fueling docks and fuel stations), EV charging stations, EV Make Ready infrastructure and seaports. Health and Support Services Access and Outcomes: Access to health and support services include costs of basic health care facilities and remote clinical services to include telemedical services, provider training, technical assistance to health care facilities/networks and health education services. Key components of basic health care include the capacity to assess, evaluate, monitor and respond to both acute (emergency) threats and chronic (ongoing) challenges to public health. This includes prioritizing the role of nutrition and food security in overall health. Operating costs of facilities are NOT eligible. Strengthen Workforce Capacity: Workforce Development shall mean job training or employment-related education for a specific employer to fill immediate job openings or retain current jobs, which are documented as such by that specific employer. Entrepreneurial and Business Development: Business Development shall mean those areas of business development which include the creation of new businesses or the retention or expansion of existing businesses in the local communities and are deemed eligible. Affordable Housing Access: Projects that increase access to services and legal assistance to resolve title, heirship, land tenure and eviction issues, by supporting an online knowledge bank of information of existing organizations that provide support services especially in rural areas, are eligible projects. Construction, rehabilitation, or acquisition of rental or owner-occupied units are NOT eligible. Environmental Conservation, Preservation, and Access: Projects that promote environmental conservation, preservation and access are eligible. (Please see program announcement for more information on eligible uses.)
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: As outlined in the GPRA
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Project records and files, to include financials, should be kept in accordance with the instructions contained in the award documentation.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. Matching Requirements: Percent: Other By statute (40 U.S.C. §15702) the SCRC is required to annually assess the level of economic and demographic distress within the 428 counties/county equivalents in its service area. The designations reflect where SCRC can provide grants within a county and at what level of match is required. Distressed counties are eligible for 80% funding at a 20% match; Transitional counties are eligible for 50% funding at a 50% match; Attainment counties are not eligible for funding except through certain circumstances. If an area of distress or transition is located within a designated Attainment county, there is a possibility that the Attainment county could be eligible. SCRC program funds may be used to match other federal programs, but all federal funds together shall not exceed 80% of the total cost of any project. Cooperative agreements do not require a match.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
SCRC funds are available annually. Funding agreements will stipulate the time period for completion of projects. All projects must be completed within two years (24 months) from the date of award, and may be eligible for an extension of one year if reasonable progress in demonstrated. All extensions must be granted by the member state(s) where the project is located and the SCRC Federal Co-Chair. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Grantee submits periodic Request for Advance or Reimbursement Form (SF-270) during the project phase.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
SCRC State points of contact can be found at
Headquarters Office
Dr. Jennifer Clyburn Reed, SCRC Federal Co-Chair
1901 Assembly Street
Columbia, SC 29201 USA
Phone: 803-851-3356

Melissa Lindler, SCRC Chief of Staff
1901 Assembly Street
Columbia, SC 29201 USA
Phone: 803-851-3356
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $15,000,000.00; FY 24 est $20,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$50,000 - $500,000; Avg. Expected Award: Unknown
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Please see
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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