Center to offer two grant-writing courses in November

One-day workshops in Promise Zone funded by new federal grant

OCT. 24, 2017  |  The Center for a Better South will offer two separate one-day grant-writing courses in November to help organizations improve skills for seeking federal funding available through the S.C. Lowcountry Promise Zone.

The workshops on Nov. 14 in Yemassee and on Nov. 15 in Denmark are funded in large part to a new $20,000 grant awarded from USDA Rural Development this fall to the Center.  Last year, the Center won more than $50,000 in federal funding for Promise Zone projects.

“Thanks to this new grant, we’re going to provide more people with the skills they need to apply – and I hope win – federal and other funding to improve communities throughout the Promise Zone,” Better South President Andy Brack said.  “Our new grant-writing sessions are designed to help people build capacity so we can accomplish Promise Zone goals.”

Since the beginning of the year, the Center has provided training to more than 150 people in seven sessions across the Promise Zone, which includes all or part of Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties

NOTE:  Space in these classes is extremely limited.  If a class is full, we encourage you to sign up to be put on a waiting list because spaces may come available.  If you don’t get in the class that you want, we will give you a first chance to sign up for our next series of grant-writing classes.


Nov. 14 training to be in Yemassee: Registration is open

Noted grant-writing professional Patrick Patterson of North Carolina will lead an all-day class at Lowcountry Council of Governments’ board room near Yemassee on Nov. 14, 2017  He will focus on how to write compelling grant applications and find funding opportunities.

  • Time:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.  Please arrive on time.
  • Location: Board room, Lowcountry Council of Governments, 634 Campground Road, Yemassee, S.C. 29945
  • Registration is now open at


Nov. 15 training to be in Denmark:  Registration is open

Patterson will offer a second all-day training session at a location to be announced at Voorhees College in Denmark on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. It will be the same class offered on April 20.


Interested in attending?

There is no cost to attend either course.  But to attend, you must register.  Each class is limited to 20 participants.  To register for one of the classes, please go to the link below and follow the instructions for registering.


Important information

  • Attendance is limited.  Reservations are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  If a class fills up, you will be put on a waiting list in case a spot opens.  If a spot does not open, we will contact you when a new class is offered.
  • Lunch will be provided.  Participants will receive a catered, boxed lunch at midday.
  • No show policy.  If you register and can’t come, please let us know as soon as possible so we can make a space available to someone else.  If you reserve a place and don’t attend, you will be billed $25 to reimburse the Center for lunch.  Signing up for the class is a commitment by you to attend for free or pay the lunch fee if you don’t.
  • Transportation.  You will have to provide your own transportation to a class.  However, we encourage people in Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties to attend the Yemassee session, while the Denmark class will be closer for people who live in Allendale, Bamberg and Barnwell counties.
  • Questions.  Please send questions by email to:

Trainings offered by the Center are provided through a Rural Business Development Grant  awarded in 2017 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Center for a Better South was a leading driver of the area’s combined effort to apply for and be successful in winning the federal designation for the region to be a Promise Zone.  You can get updates on the Promise Zone at its website: