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Ongoing coverage of South Carolina's recovery from the flooding of 2015.What had been Lindsay Langdale's Columbia home October 3, 2015 was a flooded ruin the next day.This coverage is made possible by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In October of 2015, South Carolina received rainfall in unprecedented amounts over just a few days time. By the time the rain began to slacken, the National Weather Service reported that the event had dumped more than two feet of water on the state. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the subsequent flooding was the worst in 75 years.

Third Round of Grants Applications Open for One SC Fund


This week, the One SC Fund opened their third round of applications for flood recovery projects assisting counties that were declared disaster areas by FEMA after the October floods. Grants are available to organizations across the country that want to help South Carolina communities recover.

The One SC Fund was established right after the October floods and has provided funds for volunteer organizations to help South Carolina rebuild. JoAnn Turnquist, President and CEO of the Foundation, says the One SC Fund has gone on to establish a Grants Committee and has funded two rounds of grant projects so far. South Carolina Public Radio’s Laura Hunsberger has more on the story.

About the One SC Fund

The Central Carolina Community Foundation works with individuals, families, and companies to help them invest and direct charitable giving. The foundation works with eleven counties in the Midland, and following the floods in October, the foundation’s Board of Directors established a flood fund to help rebuild the counties they serve. A few weeks later, Governor Haley asked them to expand their work with the fund to cover the entire state, focusing on counties declared by FEMA to be disaster areas.

The One SC Fund has since established a grants committee and awarded two rounds of grants. The first round of project focused on keeping people in their homes wherever possible. Mold was one of the biggest issues, and much of the funding went to mold remediation and rebuilding efforts. The second round continued the focus on mold remediation and also funded organizations working to rebuild homes and provide home furniture to people in need.

The organizations funded in round two include:

Heart and Hands – mold remediation statewide

Hopewell Senior Center – mold remediation in Williamsburg and Georgetown

St. Vincent de Paul – mold remediation in Berkeley and Dorchester

World Disaster Response Services – general rebuild in Williamsburg, Sumter, Berkeley, and Colleton

Metanoia – roofing homes in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester

Central Habitat for Humanity – general rebuild in Richland and Sumter

Mennonite Disaster Service – general rebuild support and materials in Andrew, Sumter, and Clarendon

Operation Home – general rebuild in Charleston

SC Baptist Convention – general rebuild in Darlington, Horry, and Williamsburg

Brethren Ministries – general rebuild in Richland

Sumter United Ministries – general rebuild in in Sumter

Habitat for Humanity Georgetown – general rebuild in Georgetown

All Hands Volunteers – general rebuild in Georgetown

Georgetown Outreach Ministries – general rebuild support in Georgetown

United Way of Sumter, Lee and Clarendon – household furnishings in Sumter

Catholic Charites of the Diocese – House in a Box (household furnishings) in Richland

South Carolina St. Vincent de Paul – House in a Box (household furnishings) in Richland

Mennonite Disaster Service – flood recovery in Horry County

St. Bernard Project – AmeriCorps program in Richland, Sumter, Clarendon, Williamsburg, and Georgetown

As of March 3, 2016, the One SC Fund has invested a total of $1,260,000 to non-profit organizations across the state. Through volunteer labor, in-kind donations, and other funds, the grantee organizations have invested $7,174,000 to flood recovery in South Carolina. The third round of applications for One SC Fund grants opened on March 7. Applications are due by April 1st at 6 pm. For more information, visit

Ongoing Coverage:

An excerpt from South Carolina Headlines on SC Public Radio – Tues, Mar 29, 2016

[Update: 03/07/16]

Governor Nikki Haley was in Sumter County on Wednesday April 6th to tour homes affected by flood damage and rebuilding efforts supported by the One SC Fund, including those taken on by <ahref="">Mennonite Disaster Services</a>. Here are her comments.