South Carolina residents can now apply for a $10,000 grant for the establishment and expansion of hoop houses in low-income, rural communities. 

The initiative came from a partnership between the South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development (SCACED) and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to address food insecurity and access among high-risk and underserved populations, including racial and ethnic minorities and rural residents.

South Carolina's Hoop House Grant is available to communities who increase awareness of hoop houses by establishing them in rural and low-income communities as an effort to create equitable opportunities for rural residents to purchase fresh quality produce.

Property owners who are leasing land must provide a copy of the lease agreement with the application.

Applications must be completed, signed and submitted by Feb. 3 at noon. A virtual pre-grant workshop will be held Jan. 20 at 11 a.m.

Visit scaced.org for more information about the Hoop House Grant and to fill out the grant application. Anyone with questions can contact Ken Harvin at Ken@scaced.org with subject line: SCACED/ORH Hoop House GRANT APPLICATION.

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