Grant Projects

Since 1996, the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor has awarded over $15 million in grant funds to various tourism projects across South Carolina ranging from new museum displays to hiking trails. Here is the list of recent grants that will affect the tourism scene in South Carolina for years to come!

The Carolina Barbados Connection

The SCNHC in partnership with the Carolina Barbados Legacy Foundation, SCETV, and the Country of Barbados to plan and implement a campaign aimed at increasing the public awareness of the historic connection between South Carolina and Barbados. The plan includes a one-hour documentary along with an online and print piece of the history and current sites for visitation at both SC and on the island. A public relations and social media campaign will be implemented as a complement to the travel guide.


In partnership with the Palmetto Conservation Foundation, we provided partnership funds for trail construction and technical assistance for trail marketing, promotion and visitor services. This phase of the project will create 12.9 miles of trail.


Drayton Hall has an exciting and transformational project – enhancing the visitor experience through the construction of new visitor and educational facilities. These facilities include a welcome area, museum shop and orientation hall, an education center, interpretive gardens, and gallery spaces.

Town of edgefield

The SCNHC partnered with the Town of Edgefield and SCDNR to extend the trail around the 36 acre lake and construct a pier and fishing platform at the end of the trail.


The Railroad Historical Center Railcar Preservation Project in Greenwood, SC is completed. Past grants helped complete asbestos and lead paint abatement, painting the interior and exterior of all train cars, complete structural work needed to stabilize the historic railcar collection, installation of HVAC and electrical components for lighting, refurbish seating and replace flooring and windows. With this grant round, the funds were used to complete the construction of a handicapped accessible platform that will provide seamless access to the now restored railcars.

Colonial Dorchester state historic site

This grant assisted in establishing an interpretive trail, street signs that layout the original streets that existed in the 1700s, historic fencing, pathway improvement, and an entrance to the town with a kiosk and map.


The St. George Rosenwald School was erected in 1925-1926. When the Town purchased the property, the building had been neglected over fifty years and was in an emergency state of deterioration. Efforts funded by this grant include preservation of the building.


The Museum of the Cherokee in South Carolina has renovated and updated (i.e., handicapped accessible) the second story of an adjacent 2-story, 2800 square foot building which will be called the Museum Annex. This Annex has a pass-through corridor from the current Museum to the new Annex, so it is an easy access for visitors/tourists.


The Town of Saluda partnered with the Saluda Historical Society and the Chamber of Commerce to repair and restore the Saluda Theater including bathrooms, fixtures, handrails, floor replacement, lighting, audio/video equipment, and a regular movie schedule. 


Charleston County Parks Recreation Commission opened McLeod to the public in 2015 and is currently in a stabilization phase for the outbuildings.


The project will take place on the South Edisto river at the boat launch located inside Aiken State Park and encompass educational wayside, boat launch renovation, and pier improvements.


Horn’s Creek Baptist Church is believed to be the oldest structure in Edgefield County and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The current objective is to stabilize and preserve the church building by reconstructing the foundation, replacing the doors and windows, replacing the room, and making carpentry repairs where needed and painting the exterior and interior.

"My wife and I love traveling in South Carolina. When we discovered the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor, it was a perfect fit for us. Now, we are regularly updated on destination spots in South Carolina. Truly a great resource."

- Mr. and Mrs. Garrison