As of March 18, 2009, the SCDOT Commission has approved the release of $299 million in federal stimulus funding for pavement improvement, Interstate maintenance, safety and traffic, and bridge replacement projects. For specific information, click on one of the following links:
Distribution of Funds
Fiscal Stabilization Fund
The federal State Fiscal Stabilization Fund is a one-time appropriation of $53.6 billion administered by the U.S. Department of Education to help states offset budget shortfalls. Of the $53.6 billion, about $48.6 billion (81.8 percent) goes to states for K-12 education and higher education.
About $5 billion is awarded in the form of incentive grants to states that meet key performance standards, and $8.8 billion is for "other government services."
South Carolina's one-time Fiscal Stabilization Fund appropriation is $694 million, with about $563 million (81.8 percent) going to K-12 education and higher education. (To visit the state Department of Education's stimulus Web page, click here.)
The remaining 18.2 percent (about $126 million) will go toward public safety, government services and education, including school renovation and modernization.
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded South Carolina $58,892,771 through its Weatherization program and $50,550,000 through its State Energy Program. The Department has also awarded the state $31,449,200 in block grants under its Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, with roughly $22 million going directly to the municipalities and counties and under $10 million going to the state Budget & Control Board's S.C. Energy Office. For a breakdown of the grants awarded directly to municipalities and counties, click here.
The S.C. Energy Office has announced the disbursements of $45.7 million to school districts, higher-education institutions and state agencies for energy- and lighting-efficiency improvements. The money comes in the form of grants and zero-interest loans. For a breakdown of those awards, click here.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced that South Carolina will receive $117,173,836 in federal stimulus money from the agency. South Carolina will receive $35,878,821 for public housing under its Public Housing Capital Fund program. The program's purpose is to "provide funds for the capital and management activities" of public housing agencies. For a list of housing authorities in South Carolina which will receive the federal stimulus money, click here.
HUD also announced $10,317,791 will come to South Carolina in the form of Community Development Block Grants, which aim to improve living conditions and provide suitable housing for low-income citizens. For a listing of this block grants, click here.
HUD has announced $15,788,758 million will come to South Carolina through its Homelessness Prevention Fund. The Homelessness Prevention Fund aims to "provide financial assistance and services to prevent individuals and famlies from becoming homeless and help those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and stabilized. For a breakdown of Homeless Prevention Funds sent to South Carolina, click here.
In addition, HUD announced the allocation of $3 million to the city of Charleston under its Lead Hazard Reduction/Health Homes program. The Catawba Indian Tribe will receive $507,146 under HUD's Native American Housing Block Grant program.
South Carolina will receive $26,296,346 for Section 8 Housing under HUD's Project-Based Rental Assistance program. The money would fund 89 rental-assistance contracts with landlords.
South Carolina will receive $25,384,973 under HUD's Tax Credit Assistance Program, which provides grant funding for capital investments in low-income housing.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced $396,305,813 has been allocated to South Carolina for programs affecting healthcare. Most notably, South Carolina's Medicaid Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) has increased from 70.07 percent to 79.36 percent using federal stimulus funds. The increase will last through Dec. 31, 2010.
South Carolina's FMAP increase is estimated to mean an estimated increase of $275,455,668 million this fiscal year (and more than an estimated $860 million over the next three years.) For an explanation by the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services of how the federal stimulus money will affect the Medicaid, click here.
Also allocated for South Carolina: $162,264 through the Department of Health and Human Service's Child Support Enforcement Program; $8,020,449 (this fiscal year) through the Disproportionate Share Hospitals program; $1,436,821 through the Nutritional Services program; $991,262 through the Adoption Assistance and Foster Care Funding program, $5,961,923 through the Increased Demand for Community Health Care Services Grants program; $49,983,912 through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Maximum Emergency Fund Eligibility program; $2,613,856 through the Immunization Funding program; $36,316,257 through the Child Care and Development Fund; and $15,379 through the Community Services Block Grant program.
To find out which South Carolina healthcare centers received grants through the Increased Demand for Community Health Care Services grants program, click here.
The federal stimulus package includes $7.4 billion in defense-related spending, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. For a list of the Department of Defense projects for South Carolina, click here.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was appropriated $50 million in federal stimulus funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The NEA has announced $311,500 in grants for the S.C. Arts Commission.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Health Administration has announced $4,454,652 for three South Carolina projects under its Medical Facilities Non-Recurring Maintenance program. The department's National Cemetary Administration has announced $256,500 for 14 projects under its Monument and Memorial Repairs and Energy Projects program. For a list of the projects in S.C., click here.
Justice Assistance Grants
The Justice Assistance Grants program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance has announced that $37,983,730 in Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant awards are headed to South Carolina. Of that, $14,829,462 goes to local governments and $23,154,268 goes to the state of South Carolina. Those grants "allow states and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime and improve the criminal justice system," according to the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Click here for a breakdown of the grants to local governments.
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that South Carolina will receive $19.5 million through the agency's Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program. The money equals about one percent of the roughly $2 billion the agency will spend nationwide. This program was established by the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1996.
The Environmental Protection Agency announced May 11 that $1.6 million in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act grants will be used to clean up sites known as "brownfields" in South Carolina. The city of Aiken has been selected to receive $200,000 for the Avondale Mill Assessment and $400,000 for "community-wide assessment funds," while the city of Columbia will receive $1 million in "assessment coalition funds."
Department of Defense Recovery Act Web Page
Environmental Protection Agency Recovery Act Web Page
Department of Justice Recovery Act Web Page
Department of Veterans Affairs Recovery Act Web Page
Department of Health and Human Services Recovery Act Web Page
Department of Housing and Urban Development Recovery Web Page
National Endowment of the Arts Recovery Act Web Page
Department of Energy Recovery Act Web Page