Financial Assistance

  • DREAM
    As a member of the Main Street program (a 501 (c)(3) organization), the mission is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Summerville by enhancing the aesthetic, cultural, social and economic aspects of the downtown area, while preserving its historic identity. The DREAM Building Improvement Grant program (B.I.G. IDEA) will provide financial assistance on a cost reimbursement basis to commercial property owners and business owners in the Historic Downtown District that qualify for façade improvements. The purpose of the program is to support the revitalization of the downtown area by stimulating private investment in high-quality improvements that enhance the appearance of buildings and properties and eliminate blight and non-conforming design standards.
  • Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments Revolving Loan Fund
    Specializes in gap capital financing, or resolving cash shortages, that would prevent a successful closing for businesses whose projects will improve the economy for the Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester tri-county area.
  • Center for Women/South Carolina Women’s Business Center
    Provides assistance and advocacy to support women in business, including training, leadership development, networking, and micro-lending services for women entrepreneurs.
  • Charleston Local Development Corporation
    Provides loans and extensive and specialized technical assistance to new or existing businesses in Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton and Dorchester Counties.
  • South Carolina Community Loan Fund
    Provides non-traditional loans and financing technical assistance for production of affordable housing, healthy food retail, community facilities, and community businesses that meet capital needs of underserved neighborhoods.
  • SCRA Technology Ventures/South Carolina Launch
    Provides funding, counseling, access to resource partners and other capital sources for knowledge economy-based businesses in South Carolina - primarily in the industries of: 
    • Advanced materials
    • Chemical and engineering process
    • Defense
    • Energy
    • Information technology
    • Life sciences
    • Transportation
  • US Small Business Administration
    Provides information, resources, counseling and financial assistance for small businesses.