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South Carolina Island Grants

There are many grants available in this State to assist a home buyer purchase a home. By using these grants it makes it possible to purchase a home with little or no money down. 

Below is a list of some of the grants available, as well as contact information for each. Some are State sponsored grants. Some are sponsored on the county or municipality level. 

Understand that many of these grants have limited funding, and most have income restrictions, so it is important to work with your mortgage lender and the non profit administering the grant program to ensure availability of funds. 

State Sponsored
Bank Sponsored Matching Funds Programs
Community/local Sponsored Grants
Seller Funded Down Payment Assistance Programs

State Sponsored 

The State of South Carolina offers a soft second down payment and closing costs assistance grant of $5000 to help you with your down payment and closing costs. If your income is below 50% of the median income of the area you are purchasing in, the soft second is 100% forgivable ( does not have to be paid back). 

Individuals with income between 50% and 80% will be required to pay back $2000 of the grant. If your income is above 80% of the median income, the entire $5000 will need to be paid back. Payments begin after 3 years . Below is a link to the State’s web site: 


Bank Sponsored Matching Funds Programs 

Banks that are members of the Federal Home Loan Banking system also offer IDA savings accounts. Visit the Regional Federal Home Loan Bank web site for more information.

Community/local Sponsored Grants

Richmond County United Black Fund of the Midlands/Columbia Housing Authority Homeownership Program (HOP) 
(803) 256-0207 

Rock Hill Joint Venture Affordable Housing Corporation First Time Homebuyer's Down Payment & Closing Cost Assistance Program 
(803) 329-8719 

Spartanburg County HOMEownership Program (HOP) 
(864) 596-2416 

Seller Funded Down Payment Assistance Programs

There are several non profit organizations that allow a seller to “donate” funds to them at closing, which is then given to the buyer as a down payment assistance grant. Presently, the federal government is reviewing these programs to determine whether this practice is an acceptable lending practice. By using one of these programs it is possible to purchase a home with little or no money. The seller needs to be a motivated seller, and the home needs to be priced correctly. Usually the sales price is inflated to cover the “donation”. The home must be able to appraise at the inflated price.

These programs are initiated by the lender, so it is important to work with a local lender before you start looking for a home. The lender will also know how present legislation is affecting the program. The two most commonly used programs are The American Dream DAP and The Nehemiah DAP. Below are links to their web site.

American Dream:  http://www.americandreamdownpaymentassistance.com/dpa_app.cfm

Nehemiah Corp: