Apply for a Grant

Steps to Apply
Step 1
Review the Grant Guidelines and Application.

Step 2

Review the Eligibility Checklist to make sure your property falls within the following guidelines:
  • Owner-occupied, either site-built or manufactured / modular
  • Residence has a current, valid property tax assessment, and is adequately insured (assessed or insured value does not exceed $300,000)
Based upon your income and the value of your structure, you will either qualify for a matching or non-matching grant. For instance, your residence is in Horry County. It is valued at less than $150,000 and your annual income is less than $42,550 with four people in the home. You qualify for the non-matching grant funds. Grant awards will not exceed $5,000.

You will qualify for matching grant funds if your home’s value is greater than $150,000 but not more than $300,000 and your annual income is above $42,550 with four people in the home. This means that for every grant dollar you receive, you will have to match it one to one. Again, grant awards will not exceed $5,000.

Please note: Manufactured homes are only eligible for tie-downs.

Step 3
Please review page two of the application and check boxes that apply.
  • You will note that the first box asks if you have had an inspection completed of your property by a certified wind inspector.
  • You will need to contact a certified wind inspector and ask them to come to your home and complete an assessment of your property. You, the homeowner, will be required to pay for the inspection report. The report will not exceed $150.
The inspection report / assessment will provide a “road map” for the improvements that you will want to consider making to your property in order to strengthen it against the high winds associated with hurricanes.

Step 4
Once you have received your completed and signed Inspection Assessment Report, you will want to review it thoroughly and then select several certified contractors to give you estimates for the improvements listed in your Inspection Assessment Report. It is always smart to shop around for the best estimate.

Step 5
Once you have your estimates in hand, complete the remainder of the application by including a copy of the signed Inspection Assessment Report, the Inspection Assessment Report Recommendations, and the estimate for the specified recommendations that you have selected.

View a flood map of your county or the wind speed range in your county.

Step 6
Gather your documentation and signatures.
  • You need to make sure that you include a copy of your insurance declaration page and your county property assessment.
  • You will need to submit the following documentation to qualify as a low-income homeowner:
    • A copy of your most recent signed U.S. Income Tax Return 1040, 1040 EZ, or 1040 A (If a household member did not file a tax return with the IRS, they should be required to state this in writing and explain why.)
  • And finally, you will need to sign the following documents:
    • Acknowledgment and Agreements of Applicants page (last page of the application)
Step 7
You are now ready to submit your application to the Safe Home program for review. The SC Safe Home program will notify you of your award in writing.

Please note:
Any improvements that are made prior to the receipt of the award notification are not eligible for grant funds.