COVID-19 Updates

We remain as committed as ever to building equitable and resilient South Carolina communities, serving our borrowers, and doing our part to minimize the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak.

Stay in Touch

Our offices are currently closed, but the SCCLF staff is working remotely and available via the contact info found on our Staff directory.

For Current Borrowers

We are committed to supporting you and your organization, today and always. If your organization is experiencing an economic hardship due to COVID-19 or containment measures, we ask that you contact us as soon as possible so that we can discuss alternative payment arrangements. Current borrowers with questions or concerns should contact Portfolio Manager Shelley Hough at shelley@sccommunityloanfund.org.

It is essential that you begin documenting the harm to your business. Examples of harm include having to make layoffs, or lost revenues. Documentation will be required in all instances in order to pursue support.

Help for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

If your small business or nonprofit organization is facing economic hardship as a result of COVID-19 there are programs available to help. Two programs currently available through the Small Business Administration are the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Existing Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. More information on these programs and how to apply is available through the links below. 

Paycheck Protection Program Loans (emergency SBA 7(a) loans): Creates an emergency loan program providing loans of up to $10 million for eligible nonprofits and small businesses, permitting them to cover costs of payroll, operations, and debt service. These loans may be forgiven in whole or in part under certain circumstances. 

Expanded EIDL & Emergency Grants (SBA 7(b) Loans): The Existing Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program has been expanded to include both nonprofits and for profits, apply looser credit standards, and create a rapid grant procedure. Normal EIDL loans of up to $2 million are available, as well as EIDL grant advances of $10,000 (grant advances do not have to be repaid). This funding can be used to cover payroll, fixed debts, accounts payable, and other expenses that cannot be paid because of a disaster’s impact. In order to receive an emergency economic injury grant you must first apply for a EIDL.

The pages below, created by our community partners, are updated regularly with the latest information on relief programs, employer resources, and more:

Resources for Small Businesses (Lowcountry Local First)

Resources for Nonprofit Organizations (Together SC)

Programs and Workshops

All in person workshops scheduled for March and April have been canceled. However, we are working to bring our workshop content online and plan to offer these programs in the near future.

Feeding Innovation Bluffton and LEAP Barnwell have moved to a distance learning program. Program participants with questions or concerns should contact Program Manager Kelly Sharkey at kelly@sccommunityloanfund.org.