Frequently Asked Questions

In accordance with the Charleston County Greenbelt Ordinance #1424 as amended, Eligible Greenbelt Fund Recipient means: Charleston County or a municipality in Charleston County; any agency, commission, or instrumentality of the County or municipality within Charleston County; a not-for-profit charitable corporation or trust authorized to do business in this State and organized and operated for natural resource conservation, land conservation, or historic preservation purposes, and having tax-exempt status as a public charity under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and having the power to acquire, hold, and maintain interests in land for these purposes; an agency or instrumentality of the United States Government; and any other entities as may be approved at the discretion of County Council on a case-by-case basis.

Greenbelt funds can be used to acquire interest in land for conservation, wetlands protection, historic and cultural preservation, parks, greenways and trails, and waterway access.

Greenbelt funds may also be used to support the following minor improvements that provide public access and use of conservation lands purchased with Greenbelt monies.

  • Boardwalks
  • Foot bridges
  • Unpaved Trails
  • Unpaved roadways
  • Unpaved small parking areas

Other improvements may be included in a particular project but cannot be funded with Greenbelt proceeds.

Beach municipalities (Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island and Sullivan's Island) may submit applications to use their urban greenbelt funds for allowable minor improvements on land the towns currently own. The improvements would be restricted to those allowed in the Comprehensive Greenbelt Plan (see above). In addition, the beach towns would have to agree to place the land under the same covenants and restrictions as all other lands protected with greenbelt funds.

Projects funded with Rural Program monies must occur in the Rural Area of Charleston County defined by the County's Comprehensive Plan as the municipalities and unincorporated areas that are located outside the Charleston County Urban Suburban Growth Boundary. These areas include the West St. Andrews area in West Ashley, Wadmalaw Island, Edisto Island, the St. Paul’s area, Hollywood, Meggett, Ravenel, Rockville, Awendaw, McClellanville and portions of Johns Island, West Ashley and East Cooper.

Projects funded with Urban Program monies must occur in the Urban Area of Charleston County defined by the County's Comprehensive Plan as the municipalities and unincorporated areas that are located within the Charleston County Urban Suburban Growth boundary. The municipalities and unincorporated lands within this boundary include:

  • City of Charleston
  • City of Folly Beach
  • City of Isle of Palms
  • City of North Charleston
  • Town of James Island
  • Town of Kiawah Island
  • Town of Lincolnville
  • Town of Mount Pleasant
  • Town of Seabrook Island
  • Town of Sullivan’s Island
  • Town of Summerville
  • Unincorporated areas
An allocation amount will be made available annually based on sales tax revenues collected. The amount allocated for rural and urban projects will be based on the allocation formula approved by County Council.

A copy of the application document may be viewed here: https://greenbelt.charlestoncounty.org/apply.php

Based on the criteria outlined in the application, projects are scored and submitted to a subcommittee of the Greenbelt Advisory Board (GAB). The subcommittee evaluates both rural and urban project applications and makes recommendation to the full GAB. The GAB forwards its recommendations to County Council for final action.

Reimbursement in the specified grant amount is provided to the applicant at the time of closing. Funds approved for allowable minor improvements are disbursed as costs are incurred.

The Notice of Intent to Submit informs county staff of your intention to submit an application for Greenbelt funding of a project. The form provides a brief description of the property and amount of funding requested.

Submission of this form is required in order to receive a link to the on-line application. All applications must be submitted on-line.

Notice of Intent Forms must be signed and submitted via email, mail, or in person to the following address:

Charleston County Government
Attn: Greenbelt Programs
4045 Bridge View Drive, Suite B238
North Charleston, SC 29405
Email: cruff@charlestoncounty.org

The Notice of Intent to Submit Form is located under the APPLY section on the Greenbelt Programs website.

All applications must be submitted on-line. Once the Notice of Intent Form is received, applicants are provided a link to the on-line application with instructions for completion. Applications must be received by the deadline. On-line submissions will not be accessible, and applications will not be considered, after the deadline.

In addition to the online submission of the application document, required attachments will need to be submitted electronically through either email or the use of a shared file format (such as Drop Box). Applicants must also submit two (2) paper copies of the complete application packet (completed, signed application and all attachments). Paper copies must also be submitted by the deadline.

Cathy L. Ruff, Director
4045 Bridge View Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405

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