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BMP Cost-Share Program

Improving stream-crossing BMP compliance

Cost-share funds are available to eligible forest products operators for either the purchase of portable bridges or the installation of permanent stream crossings associated with a timber harvest.

To be eligible for the BMP cost-share program, applicants must live in South Carolina and be certified under the TOP Logger Program administered by the Forestry Association of South Carolina or an acceptable equivalent.  In addition, applicants must not have any tracts with unresolved BMP compliance issues. 

Cost-share funding is based upon actual expenses incurred and varies by crossing type.  Approved applicants will be reimbursed 75% of the total costs to purchase a portable bridge up to a maximum of $15,000.  Permanent stream crossings will be reimbursed at 40% of the actual cost for implementation of stream crossing BMPs, not to exceed $4,000 per parcel.  Total cost-share cannot exceed $15,000 per program year per tax identification entity.  Applications must be approved before purchase is made to be eligible for reimbursement payments.  Once funding is approved, applicants must purchase bridges or complete work by April 1, 2023.

The initial application period opens Friday, Sept. 9, and closes Friday, Sept. 23.  A lottery system will be used to select which projects receive funding if the applications received exceed the available funds.  If there are funds remaining after the initial funding period, they will be available on an open enrollment basis.

Apply now!

If you would like to be considered for funding, please complete and submit the pre-application form linked below by Sept. 23, 2022. 

BMP cost-share pre-application

Please contact Environmental Program Manager Holly Welch at (803) 667-0815 if you have any questions.