Richland County renters seeking relief from past due and unpaid rent and utilities could qualify for a COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) that opens April 5.With the $12.5 million grant from the U.S. Treasury, the County aims to help stabilize housing and provide peace of mind to vulnerable renters.Continue Reading

Richland County is giving residents a chance to watch, learn and win prizes during a virtual event centered on gardening and conservation. The Winter Garden Watch Party will feature conservation experts and videos from the County’s Watch and Learn series to advise residents on what they can do now, duringContinue Reading

Richland County’s Finance Department again has earned the highest honor in governmental accounting and financial reporting. For the 37th consecutive year, the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) awarded the Richland County Finance Department with the organization’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. An impartial panel recognized the CountyContinue Reading

The Richland County Conservation Commission is making grants worth up to $50,000 available for projects that aim to protect and preserve the county’s rich land and historic places. Nonprofits, neighborhood organizations, governmental agencies, commercial entities and other institutions can apply for the Historic Preservation and Community Conservation grants, which requireContinue Reading

By investing in a training and recruiting program, Richland County aims to create a talent pipeline to increase the number and diversity of software engineers and meet local demand in the area’s growing technology industry. Create Opportunity Columbia – a public–private partnership between Richland County, the City of Columbia, MidlandsContinue Reading

Residents interested in how Richland County can help fund initiatives in their community can sign up for an upcoming workshop or training session to learn more. The County’s Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP) will hold the virtual workshop and one-on-one phone training to discuss Neighborhood Matching Grants, awarded annually to projectsContinue Reading

Continuing an annual holiday tradition, Richland County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is putting out a call for residents to help “Stuff an Ambulance” with toys, clothing and other items for disadvantaged children. This marks the fourth year for EMS’s toy drive, and the third year the effort will benefit RichlandContinue Reading

Richland County will hold several mask giveaways in the next few weeks as part of continuing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The free events will take place on Fridays in various locations in north Richland County. Face coverings will be distributed first-come, first-serve at each event. “Wearing masksContinue Reading

Richland County’s Government and Community Services Department will host a virtual community conversation on civic engagement as part of the Central Carolina Community Foundation’s annual On the Table event. Residents can take part in the hour-long conversation via Zoom at noon October 7 by visiting “After participating in theContinue Reading

Projects and activities aimed at addressing the needs of low-to-moderate-income people and communities in Richland County will be the focus of an upcoming virtual meeting. The County’s Community Development Department will discuss its Annual Action Plan for the 2020-2021 fiscal year at 5 pm August 13. The virtual hearing willContinue Reading