OUR AREAS OF SERVICE
• Our Motto: Partners in Progress
• Our Mission: To build a better community by promoting and improving businesses, investing in our school system and providing affordable, quality housing for all citizens.
• Our Plan:
• Increase housing opportunities
• Develop alternatives for small business development and revolving loan funds
• Create a Community Service Center
• Assist in the effort to redevelop downtown Blackville
The Blackville Community Development Corporation (BCDC) is an official 501c3 non-profit organization headquartered in Blackville SC. Incorporated in 2001, the group exists to serve the Barnwell, Orangeburg, Bamberg and Hampton county residents. As a non-profit organization, BCDC subsist on grant money and donations. We have been awarded over $1.1 million dollars in grant money since 2005. The majority of that money went to build, rehab and repair housing for low income residents.
What is a CDC?
A community development corporation (CDC) is a non-profit community-based organization that serves money-poor families and neighborhoods. CDCs are formed by residents, small-business owners, congregations, and other local stakeholders. Some individuals work full-time jobs, then work at the CDC part-time. For others, the CDC is their full-time job.
What does a CDC do?
Much of a CDC's strength comes from its community-based focus. The term community-based means that people who do not live in the neighborhood will not control the work that occurs there. When used, this term is a commitment to justice and a promise to community residents. A CDC is located in the community it serves, and staffed by its residents. At least half of CDC Boards of Directors must be area residents. This model means that CDCs tailor projects and programs to the needs of the community it serves.
How are CDC's funded?
Like any non-profit agency, a CDC relies on grants, loans, and other forms of aid from government, private companies, foundations, or individuals to help fund their activities. Some CDCs have been successful at creating for-profit ventures that fund their non-profit, work.
Does Blackville CDC only serve Blackville?
No. We are headquartered in Blackville SC but the organization exists to serve the residents of Barnwell, Orangeburg, Bamberg and Hampton counties.