Richland County residents interested in helping preserve an historic building or create a nature trail in their neighborhood can apply for up to $50,000 in grants from the county’s Conservation Commission.

The grants are available for projects designed to protect and preserve land and historic places. Neighborhood associations, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, businesses and other institutions can apply for an Historic Preservation or Community Conservation grant. Organizations applying for funding will be required to match 20% of the grant.

Historic Preservation grants up to $50,000 are available to help pay for preserving or restoring historic buildings and cemeteries, and for educational and research projects that promote Richland County’s history. Previously funded projects include a restored pressed-metal ceiling at Ebenezer Lutheran Chapel in Columbia, historic home plaques in the Hollywood and Rose Hill communities, interpretive signs for Olympia Mill Common, oral histories in Waverly and Lower Richland communities, and a new roof for J.A. Byrd Mercantile Store in Eastover.

Community Conservation grants up to $20,000 are available to build trails, improve water quality, create green infrastructure and provide environmental education programs in Richland County. Boardwalk construction at Wateree Retreat Center in Hopkins, rerouting a mountain bike trail at Harbison State Forest, vegetable and pollinator gardens, and building the Kinsler Creek Greenway in downtown Columbia’s Vista are examples of earlier funded projects.

The deadline to submit either type of grant application is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5. Grant criteria and applications are available online at More information on the County’s historic and conservation grant opportunities can be found by contacting Quinton Epps with Richland County Conservation at 576-2082 or

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